Is Earth Hour a Waste of Time


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Earth Hour is a waste of time

Earth Hour, the yearly tradition of switching off the lights, is utterly a waste of time when studied with a common sense, but a necessary celebration when viewed from the shoes of a human who creates awareness among his friends, who knows a little about the chaos. Nevertheless, the motives and the cause of the ‘Earth Hour’ are genuine. Indeed, it helps create the awareness among the people, with a strong posture. Unfortunately we hear this every day as we step out of our home. Global warming is way out of control, and we are constantly made aware of these risks somewhere every day and every hour – in the internet, billboards, TV and from the good-hearted non-profit planeteers. Switching off lights for an hour every year isn’t going to do much about the awareness or help slaying the global warming. It actually ends contributing to it.

It might be a good celebration too

The WWF and the Earth Hour organizers claim that, the celebration is to show the world how turning off the lights will help fight global warming and spread the awareness among the people. Blatantly, they celebrate the commitment of the humankind for the betterment of the planet – which is a good cause and of course a necessary celebration.

But, there is this other misleading claim that it actually helps cut down CO2 emissions during that one hour, when the world turns off the lights. There are a few claims that the darkness due to the Earth Hour have also caused several accidents in the past. These claims and incidents obviously push us to investigate if it is necessary.

CO2 Emissions

Does that one-hour light bulb stuff ring a bell in you? If you are popping out with an answer that turning off the lights will really cut down the CO2 emissions, you might want to reconsider it.  Turning of light bulbs isn’t going to change any significant figures in the emission levels.

There might be a tiny amount of reduction in the emission. But it  later balanced to the emission level of a normal hour with the lights on, as candles are often used for the celebration, and indeed (worldwide) by not turning off the essential electronics and the transportation. Moreover, when the lights are turned on, the surge fills in the extra emission from the power stations, as that is something done instantly. The bottom-line – Earth Hour is in vain.

How an Earth Hour should be?

If the world is concerned about the global warming and if the WWF really trusts in people, I believe Earth Hour will turn effective, if it is celebrated every day. I have no idea if the other criticizers would go by this, but it seems far more reasonable and practical for a real involvement. 365 Earth Hours in a year… (With the streetlights and warning lights ON). Now that contributes to a considerable level of impact in the emission scales…

Well, from a normal mediocre point of view, the 365 Earth Hours is just another bookish idea that’s easier said than done. We literally can’t live without the internet or the fans/air-conditioners/heaters, refrigerators, even for 30 minutes.

Hope you are convinced that the Earth Hour is a waste of time from a point of view involving the scales and charts. But the real deal is the awareness that it creates among the people, which leaves an appealing mark in their hearts to contribute and involve in reducing the global warming.

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This post was first published on March 30, 2014.

Karthikeyan KC

Aeronautical engineer, dev, science fiction author, gamer, and an explorer. I am the creator of Geekswipe. I love writing about physics and astronomy. I am now creating Swyde.


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  1. The Earth Guy

    Hi! Great article :) But is there any recorded accidents in particularly due to this earth hour? You haven’t cited any sources for that!!