Pointless Green Gesture Politics – Earth Hour
The time for another pointless Green gesture is upon us, again, today at 8:30pm local time across the planet the WWF have declared that it is Earth Hour, where for 1 hour we are all supposed to turn off the lights, sit in the dark and get used to how life would be, in a Green world with a Green global economy.
Since the first Earth Hour in 2007 the event has been in decline, last year’s Earth Hour was a spectacular non event, this year sees some changes in Australia where some buildings will be lit with a Green light to symbolize the commitment to renewable energy, then are even prizes on offer to towns that make the most pledges to switch to intermittent renewable energy, the towns can win solar panel systems, so Earth Hour is good preparation for getting used to sitting in the dark when the sun goes down.
The WWF insist that Earth Hour is not about saving energy, but about making a Green gesture:
Last year saw the lights go out in homes and businesses in more than 6,950 cities and towns. The campaign even went into space when astronauts reduced power on the International Space Station. This year, more than 150 countries and territories are expected to participate, with Palestine, Tunisia, Galapagos, Suriname, French Guyana, St Helena and Rwanda joining the movement for the first time.
Reducing power on the international space station, the pinnacle of pointless Green gestures, this years new joiners to Earth Hour are those countries grasping for the Green Climate Aid money that they were promised by the warming alarmists, so it’s not a new global wave of Green enthusiasm, just people after free money.
Earth Hour has its share of critics, who say it symbolises environmentalism as living in the dark. Author George Marshall wrote in 2009:
“Asking people to sit in the dark plays very well to a widely held prejudice that ‘the greens’ want us all to go back to living in caves.”
The Greens want to de-industrialize society, have 100% renewable energy, do away with consumerism and have a zero growth economy, cave dwelling is not some much a prejudice as a more than likely outcome.
This year, Prof Bjorn Lomborg, a prominent critic of the economic cost of dealing with climate change, has warned the gesture will do little to help the planet and gives people the wrong impression about how to address climate issues:
“Global warming is a real problem, but Earth Hour is not the answer. Taken to its logical conclusion, if switching the lights off for one hour is a good idea, why not for all the other 8,759 hours of the year?
Another outcome from Earth Hour will be the massive increase in the emissions of the much feared CO2 from fossil fueled power stations when all those lights come back on, which renders Earth Hour as nothing more than a pointless Green gesture with a massively polluting CO2 footprint.