Tuesday, March 25, 2008
HOUR OF POWER
“We have to start somewhere,” writes illumination activist Jay Currie. “I am starting with keeping my lights on at 8PM March 29. All of them.”
In honour of Earth Hour, my friends and I will be hosting the first annual Carbon Party. To mark this solemn occasion, we will be running the space heaters and air conditioning simultaneously, while putting loads of clothing through the dryer and turning all the incandescent lights on. Dinner will be grain-fed beef cooked over a wood fire (none of that clean LPG barbecue gas), served with imported vegetables shipped in from overseas (whether or not they can be found at the local farmers’ market). Bog rolls for the evening will be of softest five-ply tissue paper.
That’s the spirit! Evil Pundit suggests an investment in 5000 watts of earth-destroying lighthouse bulb, but you can easily join in the fun using common household appliances, as Samantha Burns - “Earth Hour stupidity, and all it represents, must end” - explains:
Possible items you may want to switch ON:
-all household lights
-automobiles (your ride)
-put on oven’s self-cleaning cycle
-any/all kitchen appliances
Instead of cooking a soufflé, choke down a couple of raw beaten egg whites.
No, no, no! There’ll be no encouragement of death during the Hour of Power, an officially life-affirming event. And, unlike certain other hours, there is no hint of sparky coercion:
Since Malaysians aren’t gonna voluntarily switch off their lights, how about if they’re forced to go without electricity just for that one hour between 2000 and 2100?
How about if you’re forced to shut the hell up? Already indicating support for the Hour of Power are Habib, bovious, DrewB, Huck Foley, Dave S., John Enright, eeniemeenie, Irobot, Mike Laz, Hong Kong, Pogria, SwinishCapitalist, wronwright, MarkL, Jeff S., The Leadster, Tungsten Monk, rinardman, satisfiedmind16 and ProWomanProLife. They’ll join billions of others worldwide whose lights will be on at 8pm on the 29th (all lit houses are considered to be Hour of Power participants). By contrast, Earth Hour is practically friendless:
As of 1pm 26.03.08 only 2 people from Apollo Bay have signed up to Earth Hour.
Hour of Power updates to follow. Commence photographic preparations - Saturday night will be an all-in festival of light.
UPDATE. The Age’s Catherine Deveny seems almost on the verge of joining our sacred hour:
Is it just me or does anyone else wonder why they’re busting their balls to make a piss-weak contribution to saving the environment ... ?
Don’t worry, I’m going to keep doing it, and so should you, but it does shit me at times because it seems so futile.
UPDATE II. Some Byron Bay residents have no choice but to observe Earth Hour:
“We will be turning off the lights in the 35 units which we manage at Byron Central Apartments for the hour. We will be advising our holiday makers that this will be happening.”
Nice of them. (Via Raffi)