Tonight, people all over the world will switch off their lights for one hour, from 8.30 to 9.30pm in an effort to tackle our world's climate issue, particularly global warming. But I can't help but wonder:
Does Earth Hour actually bring any effect to our climate?
Okay, let's look at it this way. There are 365 days in a year, and 24 hours in a day. 365 x 24 = 8760 hours in a year. Does turning off ONLY our lights (yes, if you aren't aware, this campaign only says switch off your LIGHTS. Not your TV, computer, washing machine, rice cooker, etc) for ONLY 1 hour of those 8760 hours make any difference to our world's climate? sure, people would say "DUH, it's like, a global thing? So like, billions of people all over the world will off their lights too? And they can like, off their appliances too, duh." Of course, but ask yourself, will EVERYONE switch off their lights and appliances? Within our country alone, many, many people will think "Aiya, just one hour only. No point oso." or "Aiya, I one house dont off nevermind lah". What they dont realise is that perhaps a quarter, or maybe even half the country is thinking this way and wont off their lights. So what about on a global scale?
Next, this campaign is only done once a year. Will it actually make people put in effort to change their way of life to reduce electric, or should I strictly be speaking, LIGHT consumption? For just 1 out of 8760 hours a year, people will say "Hey, lets switch off our lights and save Earth!". Will they maintain this mindset throughout the rest of the year? Surely our lovable KIASUS and NERDS will be up till 3 in the morning studying for PMR/SPM/STPM or any test or exam. What will they use? LIGHTS, fan/AIR COND (hah, even worse). This will just cancel out what they did for Earth Hour. Even if not that, during weekends or holidays, people will be staying up late, using LIGHTS, fan/AIR COND till what, 1-2-3 in the morning? Goes beyond what they've done for Earth Hour doesnt it? I can go on; look at our (Malaysian) weather. Its so freaking hot. Does it look like Earth Hour has made any improvement? And in this hot weather, what do people do? Fan on full blast, air cond on freeze settings... What does that do? Use electric, release CO2, CFC gases, thinning our ozone layer, more UV rays and stronger greenhouse gases. How about the rest of the world? Hmm? Earth Hour? Will that make a change? Doesnt seem like it.
Earth Hour. Does it really help? If it's just for one hour a year, definitely not. This kind of thing has to be done on a regular basis if anybody is expecting any positive results towards our global climate. But for now, a lot, A WHOLE LOT of people will be just living (for an hour at least) in false hopes and making feeble, futile efforts to save Mother Earth.