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journeyman
written by Stargazer on Mar 25, 2009 16:19
Saturday 28th of March 2009. Earth Hour!
12 members voted in this poll so far
I will join!
Nope, I will not join!
Maybe
http://www.earthhour.org/home/

Will you join? I will, most people I have talked to will, and the whole official commune will. Join us! If not for global warming, then do it for science! If not for science, then do it because there's no reason not to, and because most everyone else will do it.
written by Cryoburner on Mar 25, 2009 18:19
Worth noting, all the Flash content on their site causes my CPU to go out of power saving mode. : P

EarthHour said:
WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
Their target is to have 1 billion people switch off their lights for this? Really. What is it going to be next year, 100 billion? The only way they could come close to achieving their goal would be to count people in developing nations who don't have access to electricity, or the entire populations of the cities who are 'taking part' in it. There's no actual way to measure the number of people who go out of their way to turn off their lights for this event, but I imagine it's going to be a far smaller percentage of the world's population. Of course, that probably won't stop them from claiming to have achieved their goal anyway. : |

EarthHour said:
The historic event will see millions of people gathered in parks, streets, town squares and homes around the world to witness the lights going out on iconic landmarks and city skylines, while taking in the atmosphere of some truly unique Earth Hour events.
So, I'm guessing most of these millions of people will be driving out to these places. They'll also need flashlights, resulting in hundreds of thousands of additional batteries making their way into landfills. Somehow this seems counter-productive.
journeyman
written by Stargazer on Mar 25, 2009 18:40
Well, around here, people are taking it very seriously; not just the average citizen on the street either, but government officials as well. The lights are going out here in middle-Norway at least, and I have heard the same holds true for other countries as well. Even if it is useless, there's just no reason not to join. If nothing else, it can make for a great communal event!

PS: This does not mean you can't use your computer, or watch the TV or whatever during the hour of the event. It simply asks you shut off any major source of electric light in your vicinity. Is this really too much to ask of people? Come on!
whoosh
written by Buuks on Mar 25, 2009 21:28
Will be fun when million people will turn their power on at the same moment.
Wouldn't that kill all the powersuppliers. But than again, that would put us really in a black light.
rose pony is best pony
written by Starchaser on Mar 26, 2009 00:36
This has been going on for a few years now. I may do it this year. Last year and the year before I did it to .

Earth Hour has only officially been advertised in Western Australia this year... Seems they really want to get this thing off the ground

Reading some of the comments on the site is enjoyable also. it's like those conspiracy videos on you tube . Full of idiots on both sides .

EDIT: Depending on how much light pollution this kills I may get out my telescope for that hour.
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written by Albeyamakiir on Mar 26, 2009 01:46
Stargazer said:
and because most everyone else will do it.
No pressure

I haven't even heard of this (I'm in South Australia). I'm not sure I'd do it, because I'd then I'd be using my computer in the dark, which is bad for the eyes.
rose pony is best pony
written by Starchaser on Mar 26, 2009 01:51
Aren't you meant to turn your computer off? Unless it's a laptop I guess .
wah... waall-eee
written by Magnulus on Mar 26, 2009 08:21
Uh, what? You don't have to turn your computer or TV off?! What's the point, then?! I know it's a symbolic thing, but come ON!
written by Mcwgogs on Mar 26, 2009 10:50
There was something like this in poland when the pope died.
journeyman
written by Stargazer on Mar 26, 2009 17:48
Magnulus said:
Uh, what? You don't have to turn your computer or TV off?! What's the point, then?! I know it's a symbolic thing, but come ON!
I agree with this sentiment. Completely.

...But others don't.
wah... waall-eee
written by Magnulus on Mar 26, 2009 18:44
I guess there's room for two Earth Days. The Hardcore one and the Earth Day Lite that's the standard one where you can use a 400W computer as long as you turn off your 12W CFL...
rawr
written by Raptorjedi on Mar 26, 2009 18:58
I'm gonna shut off everything that I'm not currently using. Unplug things like the TV in my room (it's a vampire.), shutting lights off. We're actually in the process of switching out the light bulbs in the house with energy saving ones. They last up to 9 years or so.
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written by Albeyamakiir on Mar 27, 2009 01:22
Raptorjedi said:
Unplug things like the TV in my room (it's a vampire)
What does that mean?

I have this TV, the screen of which glows in the dark even when unplugged. Spooky. (Actually, I think all crt monitors do it because my computer does it too)
rawr
written by Raptorjedi on Mar 27, 2009 01:41
A vampire appliance is something that draws in power even if it's off. My TV has a little light in the front that changes color based on if it's off or on. Red for off, blue for on.
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written by Albeyamakiir on Mar 27, 2009 01:47
Ah, of course. I know what you mean.
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