It's coming up again, friends: Earth Hour is set to take place on March 27 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Thousands of people and governments will be dimming or shutting off the lights for this hour to show solidarity for climate change. A handful of participants here in Wyoming will be taking part in the event.
Earth Hour 2010 is put together by the World Wildlife Fund, who saw some success last year with the event. Several corporations, local governments, and other groups have signed on as have individuals from various parts of the world.
"Billions want action from world leaders to act on climate change," says Amy Lou Jenkins, Green Living Examiner (national), but participation in the WWF's Earth Hour doesn't exactly measure up. Last year, 2,500 individuals world wide participated. That's not exactly "billions."
With Climategate and other controversies, questions about the science behind IPCC reports (including the use of non-peer-reviewed reports from WWF), and skepticism about the gloom-and-doom claims of global warming alarmists, public sentiment for the message of anthropomorphic climate change (AGW) is waning, to say the least.
Nevertheless, there are a handful of people here in Wyoming taking part in the Earth Hour event next month. Five, in fact, including one from Cheyenne, two from Laramie, one from Casper, and another from Jackson. I was unable to contact any of those participants, as (for obvious privacy reasons), the WWF website does not list last names. So I asked some local people in my neighborhood what they thought of the idea of Earth Hour 2010.
Without exception, all four people I spoke with think it's a publicity stunt for Al Gore wannabes. That, I think, probably sums up the majority view in Wyoming.