Are you participating in Earth Hour 2012?
Earth Hour is the worldwide event where millions switch off their lights for an hour to send a message about acting upon climate change. This year, support Earth Hour by shutting off your lights from 8:30 to 9:30 PM on March 31st.
The ulimate goal of Earth Hour is to instill lasting change on our habits that effect the planet and the changes in our climate resulting from our resource and energy use. Over 2/3rds of our electric power still comes from coal and natural gas fired plants. Both the extraction of these resources, as well as the burning of them to produce the energy we used are having nearly irreversable effects on our planet.
Critics point out that here in America, few know anything about Earth Hour:
Yet few Americans have ever heard of Earth Hour, and only a few dozen high profile events are scheduled. While the Empire State Building and the United Nations in New York City will go dark, most of New York will barely notice.
- From Scientific American
Can something like Earth Hour have an impact on Americans? Or do we need other motivators to consider our actions on the planet?