Earth Hour Tomorrow!

What's the big event tomorrow? Yes, it's the 175th anniversary of the U.S. Senate's censuring of Andrew Jackson for his de-funding the Bank of the United States on principled grounds. But far more important: It's Earth Hour!

Begun in Sydney two years ago, Earth Hour encourages folks to turn off all non-vital lights and appliances for one hour starting at 8:30 p.m. From the website:

Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. [World Wildlife Fund is 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....Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

New Zealanders are very excited for Earth Hour because, as with New Year's celebrations, they can revel in beating everyone else to the punch, thanks to their position in the time zone progression. Earth Hour has gotten heaps of press in the Kiwi papers. However, there has been one party-pooper, Richard McGrath, from the awesomely-named political party, the Libertarianz:

Why anyone would want to darken our towns and cities is beyond me.  Only countries like North Korea have night-time blackouts...

To those who think this is a good idea, I say why stop at one hour? Disconnect your electricity... and find yourself a nice comfy cave where you and your family can live, at one with nature and with a minimal carbon footprint. Meanwhile, I will lift a glass to those who have made twenty-first century life so comfortable and enjoyable.

Despite McGrath's objections, more than 44 Kiwi District Councils and cities are joining in on the fun, including the government's house of parliament, the Beehive.

It's nice to see private citizens and government joining hand-in-hand in solidarity. But this 2008 promo from the state-run broadcasting corporation, TVNZ, might be confusing the message:

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  • ||

    I'll be watching the tournament in HD, lights on, beer served cold.

    Aren't we part of Earth? Why isn't our innovation of light at night celebrated? I agree with the Libertarianz (surprise, surprise) and I especially like how they use our Statue of Liberty on their website.

  • Stephanie||

    Reasons for turning your lights off are as follows....
    1. The use of artificial light for prolonged periods of time when your body is normally at rest can cause the drop of melatonin and the rise of estrogen which may lead to breast cancer.
    2. Light pollution at night causes trees to shed their leaves later in fall
    3. It disrupts migration patterns
    4. Is probably a total kill joy for all NOCTURNAL animals.

    There are more reasons than just that, but that being said.. Yes, we are all proud of the human civilization coming this far. But some of the human civilization would like to keep our world, otherwise what is this human accomplishment in the long run?

  • TofuSushi||

    At least you are not pimping that laughable Human Achievement Hour that is hell bent on destroying the whole planet!

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    Wouldn't it be better if everyone turned out the lights at the same time for an hour?

    Especially if that meant it was 4:30 am on the east coast?

  • D.A. Ridgely||

    We'll be celebrating Earth Hour ourselves around 1:00 am, local time, as usual.

  • Xeones||

    Earth Hour? Psshht, dilettantes. We turn our lights off for seven or eight hours every day.

  • TofuSushi||

    Is it just lights, not computers? Because I use green computers.

  • VM channeling his inner Earl M||

    reeeeeely?

  • ||

    Ummm.. What are they advertising? Is it national flashlight day in New Zealand or something?

    -jcr

  • Reinmoose||

    Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday EVERY DAY.

    For the last freakin time, 'everyday' is an adjective. ADJECTIVE! It means "ordinary." You know what it's not? A NOUN! It's not a NOUN!

    Yes, I know it's not Reason's fault. This time I'm yelling at the linked site.

  • TofuSushi||

    They are trying to save the Earth from people like you JCR.

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    I will be having a Battlestar Galactica marathon with all the lights on.

    Fuck you, greenies and Il Duce!

  • TofuSushi||

    Reinmoose,

    Irregardless, someone needs a timeout from technology.

  • dotdotdot||

    Something about that commercial gives me the heeby jeebies.

  • Vines & Cattle||

    Record snows, freezing temps and high winds this weekend, the Earth is trying to kill me, what about my hour!

  • Reinmoose||

    Irregardless, someone needs a timeout from technology.

    I just want to know whom is trying to torture me like this.

  • TofuSushi||

    I just want to know whom is trying to torture me like this.

    I thought you rightwingies called it something else these days, like uncomfort.

  • Jordan||

    Thanks for reminding me to turn on every electrical appliance in my house for 24 hours beginning at midnight.

  • ed||

    leaving them on is a vote for global warming

    Who says your vote doesn't count?
    Light 'em up, boys! It's a vote for civilization!

  • ||

    I'll be out back burning tires.

  • Reinmoose||

    I thought you rightwingies called it something else these days, like uncomfort.

    That would be uncorrect, Silken.

  • ||

    Tofushit,
    At least you are not pimping that laughable Human Achievement Hour that is hell bent on destroying the whole planet!

    You mean, like the Xindi?

    Or like Marvin the Martian?

  • EJM||

    What's the big event tomorrow?

    I thought that it was going to be the planned shuttle landing; after all, this mission has two educator-astronauts! ;)

  • TofuSushi||

    FTG,

    You misspellt my name.

  • TofuSushi||

    That would be uncorrect, Silken.

    Unconcievable

  • Jeff P||

    We had a perfectly good opportunity to organize our urban center lighting so that the words FUCK YOU would be visible along both US coasts, readable only from the ISS. We blew it.
    We should be deeply ashamed of ourselves.

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    Oh, did I? Ohhh, I'm sorry!

    So sorry.

  • TofuSushi||

    FTG,

    I love to see progress in the marketplace of ideals. Civil intercourse is teh awsome.

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    As long as we're not bullshitting each other, Tofu.

  • ||

    leaving them on is a vote for global warming

    My vote will be in! I will have all my 14 W fluorescent lights ON, just to stick it to the green fundies!

  • Stephanie||

    "My vote will be in! I will have all my 14 W fluorescent lights ON, just to stick it to the green fundies!"

    You do know going green is not just about saving the planet...? Really, going green saves money, your health... multiple reasons to grow up and shut the lights off for an hour. I thought people started to mature at a certain age... well, you just stick it to them then. Maybe some day you will get to sit at the grown up table...

  • Joel||

    Seriously, what was that video about? It's vaguely frightening.

    Is it pod people? Are there terrifying pod people? With flashlights?

  • Drew||

    My friends and I are having a "candle" party. It is going to be super chill. I am turning off all my electronics in my apartment and everyone is bringing over their own candle. We are all going to light them at once in honor of Mother Earth. I am super stoked. It is going to be really really cool guys. We are going to prove how much light you can generate using only candles. People in the outside world might not be able to hear our message, but believe me, mother earth will.

  • SpongePaul||

    well i wont be turning off my lights for an hour. jeez. dont they know that interupting light cycles is bad. lol

  • ||

    For that hour, I will be replacing all of my CF bulbs with good old fashioned incandescent bulbs.

    Burn, baby, BURN.

  • jtuf||

    TofuSushi | March 27, 2009, 3:44pm | #

    They are trying to save the Earth from people like you JCR.



    In other words: Repent! Repent! Or the Earth will be destroyed.

  • 77||

    "FTG,

    You misspellt my name."

    It's spelled TofuShit, right?

  • EJM||

    Is it pod people? Are there terrifying pod people? With flashlights?

    Maybe they're trying to reenact the NBC (Sunday) Mystery Movie opening sequence (examples here [including "Hec Ramsey"], here [also including "Hec Ramsey"], here [in Spanish, including "McCoy"], here [including "Quincy"], and here [including "Lanigan's Rabbi"]; sorry, "Amy Prentiss" fans).

  • jtuf||

    FTG | March 27, 2009, 4:04pm | #

    leaving them on is a vote for global warming

    My vote will be in! I will have all my 14 W fluorescent lights ON, just to stick it to the green fundies!



    Count me in.

  • Paul||

    Every hour should be earth hour.

  • Paul||

    We are going to prove how much light you can generate using only candles.

    1 candle = 1 candle power.

    2 candles = 2 candle power.

    And so on...

  • jtuf||

    Drew | March 27, 2009, 4:13pm | #

    My friends and I are having a "candle" party. It is going to be super chill. I am turning off all my electronics in my apartment and everyone is bringing over their own candle. We are all going to light them at once in honor of Mother Earth. I am super stoked. It is going to be really really cool guys. We are going to prove how much light you can generate using only candles. People in the outside world might not be able to hear our message, but believe me, mother earth will.



    Do you know how much air polution a candle causes per lumen? They produce so many particulates they cause the ceiling to turn dark after years of exclusive use. Just look at the ceilings in a pre-1900 building that hasn't been restored.

  • ||

    I will be having a Battlestar Galactica marathon with all the lights on.

    Funny that the show ending was a strict anti-technology diatribe....oh yeah the answer to any questions you have about the show is "God did it"

  • jtuf||

    LOL. Correct Paul. It's about one lumen per candle. Next, we'll discover how much water fits into a 1 litter bottle.

  • Colonel_Angus||

    Starting around my local time 2:30 AM, when New Zealand will start their part of this earth hour, I will turn on everything I can think of and leave it on until 2:30 AM the next day, when the last time zone finishes this bullshit. My vote will definitely be in for more navigable waterways and land suitable for agriculture up north, but most importantly a flooded state of California. Fuck earth hour.

  • ||

    I am turning off all my electronics in my apartment and everyone is bringing over their own candle. We are all going to light them at once in honor of Mother Earth.

    For extra-ironic Earth Hour friendliness, make sure the cows that gave their lives for the candle tallow were raised in the winter in northern Saskatchewan in greenhouses heated by coal.

  • Zeb||

    My lights were off for 12 days in December. I've had enough of that for one year.

  • Zeb||

    "make sure the cows that gave their lives for the candle tallow were raised in the winter in northern..."

    Nah, they'll probably just have paraffin (petroleum) candles.

  • Drew||

    Do you know how much air polution a candle causes per lumen? They produce so many particulates they cause the ceiling to turn dark after years of exclusive use. Just look at the ceilings in a pre-1900 building that hasn't been restored.

    What I said was a total joke, but that is interesting.

  • Vines & Cattle||

    What does the carbon footprint math come to if I've been keeping newborn chicks warm by running a 100 watt bulb over them for the past week?

    Raising and eating my own chicken vs the orgy incandescent heat.

    Heat.... chicken... Mmmmm...

  • Suzanne||

    My house will be lit up bright enough to light the whole neighborhood. I'm turning on the landscape lights too. And baking. I'll be baking and cooking in the kitchen, running the microwave, the clothes dryer, the convection oven, and listening to music while watching TV. I can't stand a goody-goody two shoes preaching at me about how I ought to be living.

  • Dormouse||

    Lot of assholes in this thread. Just saying.

  • Stephanie||

    Agreed, and half don't even understand what Earth Hour is about or accomplishes.

  • ||

    You guys are using the wrong kind of candles. My Roman candles produce way more than one lumen each.

  • JDorman||

    Glad to see I'm not the only one planning on participating in Earth hour. I will be turning on both my large plasma screen and LCD screen T.V.'s as well as all the lights in and out of the house and any electrical appliances I have. I don't get what people are trying to accomplish by turning their lights off for an hour. At this time in the year that means you are inconvenienced by turning two or three lights off, big deal. I'm evil for not contributing for Earth Hour, yet how many of these people who feel all warm and fuzzy for participating have their houses decked out in Christmas lights that are on from 5 pm till midnight the entire month of December and well into January? Hippocrates.

  • ap||

    Lot of assholes in this thread. Just saying.

    lot of assholes participating in an event that does nothing other than assuage the guilt and boost the ego of dumb ass bourgeoisie progressives. hense, the mockery. seriously, not that hard.

  • ||

    I love it when people hyperventilate about something they are not forced to do and can simply ignore.

  • Stephanie||

    Agreed.

  • Stephanie||

    Agreed.

  • ||

    Funny that the show ending was a strict anti-technology diatribe

    ::::sigh::::

    No, no, and no. If the colonists hadn't given up the technology, we'd have a hard time explaining all the cool space age artifacts that we would have been digging up for the past century or so.

    They're just making the (fake) show consistent with the (real) archeological record and providing the old theory that we're descended from IllegalAliens.

  • ||

    I love it when people hyperventilate about something they are not forced to do and can simply ignore.

    Yet. Give it time.

    Also, you are confusing hyperventilation with gleeful mockery of self-deluding and grandstanding fools.

  • ||

    I knew there was a reason I left the Christmas lights up.

  • Paul||

    I love it when people hyperventilate about something they are not forced to do and can simply ignore.

    Well, except when your mayor announces a "car free" day to, you know, "encourage" people to get out of their cars and raise awareness of global warming. All "voluntary fun and games" until the first "non-observer" gets a ticket and they start towing cars.

    Now, yes, the city did reduce the tickets to warnings, and reimbursed for towing fees. But that's also known as a "shot across the bow" if you will. First taste is free, kid.

  • Colin||

    In honor of Earth Hour, I'll be turning every single light on - including some that I never use.

  • ||

    Self righteous libertafians can mock others all you want. Turn on your lights, Celebrate those big brains. Then maybe try an figure out how all these brainless God fearing inbreeds took control of your lifestyle and a good % of your income.

  • ||

    Ponies, brotherben, free fucking ponies.

    All we have to offer is a bitter reality and decent helping of non-po-mo personal responsibility.

    That ain't selling too well these days.

  • ||

    libertafians

    Are these the strechy, chewy kind that pull the fillings out of your teef?

    Can we get a ruling R C?

  • foobar2022||

    My employer is participating. They sent us an email. They are going to turn out the lights. Unless you are going to be at work and actually need the lights. In that case email building engineering so they can leave the lights on for you. ... In other words they will turn off the lights no one is using. Can't they do this every hour of every day?

  • LarryA||

    My friends and I are having a "candle" party. It is going to be super chill. I am turning off all my electronics in my apartment and everyone is bringing over their own candle. We are all going to light them at once in honor of Mother Earth.

    This sounds like you're hoping that a bunch of hot women will show up and be impressed. Hoping in vain.

    OTOH I suppose the effort will make up for the National Night Out Against Crime.

  • JB||

    I suggest telling every 'environshithead' that they should kill themselves if they really care about the planet. If they don't, they are selfish fucks that only care about themselves.

    Won't they fucking think of the fucking children?

  • Woods\'Chip||

    JB, best suggestion ever! I know two who should off themselves right now, but the selfish fucks hate my kids.

  • ||

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    There, it had to be done.

  • ||

    I found what to do tonight for an hour. Earth Hour! THIS SATURDAY 28 MARCH AT 8.30PM. Direct inclusion of all the capitals of the world. see today. http://malecafe.net/video/index.php?q=Earth-Hour:-most-popular-flash-mob-in-the-world
    The most popular flash mob in the world!

  • Suki||

    I kinda like that Human Achievement Hour (HAH) counter protest someone linked to. If I am home I will be doing that one.

    If I am at dearest boyfriend's place, we will be doing it with the lights on. Well, whatever we are doing at 8:30 :)

  • Colonel_Angus||

    If I was in charge of that big-ass building in Chicago that often spells out messages with the lights, I would do this:

    Turn on all the lights, except for a few to spell out EARTH HOUR!!!!

    Then I would probably get fired by the owners for bad PR or something.

  • ||

    I say put a torch to all Liberals, Socialist, and Commies. Let's celebrate Liberty!!

  • ||

    This just in: President Obama signs a stimulus bill award $400 million to utility companies hit hard by a sudden downturn in usage this evening.

    In other news: You can turn your lights back on, genius.

  • ||

    Well, what I figured would happen, happened.

    I was too busy dealing with, you know, life, to remember about this dickless publicity stunt for the modern troglodyte lifestyle.

    Now, I'm going to have to burn all my lights for *2* hours to make up for it.

  • B||

    The environmental movement shoots itself in the foot every time it comes up with one of these laughably stupid fucking ideas. Turning your lights off for one whole hour, whooo what a sacrifice, will accomplish absolutely nothing.

    In Europe, I hear they are getting them to comply with this earth hour "turn off the lights" nonsense by telling them the inventor of the lightbulb was jewish. Last I heard, mobs of people were seen smashing lightbulbs in the street. MNG was amongst them.

  • ||

    Electrical grid operators everywhere would be screaming in unison if their load went to 0 simultaneously and then ramped up to full immediately an hour later (just as they're trying to dump load into dummy resistance as they try and slow down their turbines).

    Think of the EGOs, don't participate in Earth Hour!!

  • Suki||

    I guess I can turn the lights out after I make coffee for dearest boyfriend. Maybe I will just pick some up at the cafe.

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