Earth Hour - the flop?
By Eco Guy
9:42pm 28th March 2010
Although Earth Hour left people with a nice warm glow, did it actually make a difference...
So what did Earth Hour actually achieve?
Apparently not that much
. Turning off ones light for one hour is turning off one of the lesser power consumers in todays society - devices like:
- air conditioning units
- water heaters
- air heaters
- large TV's
All consume a lot more power than the humble, now often compact floro, light. So Earth Hour is not
a practical way to reduce power - in fact it might just have kept things the same as people tuned in our their TV's with their hot cup of coffee to watch famous buildings and landmarks go dark; or worse went on a drive to have a look directly.
So the actual benefit behind Earth Hour is only really in raising people's awareness of their impact on the environment
- although the question should be, wouldn't it be better to actually educate people about how to live a more eco friendly
life in the first place than just make them feel good about doing nothing in effect? Is this creating a false do nothing reward expectation?
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