Each and every year I become ever more flabberghasted with the excesses of Earth Hour. That’s the evening when we switch off the lights to celebrate the impending doom of industrial civilisation. Or something like that – the usual plans suggested do mean that at least. So, we all sit and shiver in the dark in order to mimic our forefathers before civilisation which does seem an odd thing to do to raise awareness of that environment said civilisation has saved.
That being something we’ve really got to recall – it is industrial civilisation which has saved what environment there is left. Without it either we’d all be dead or the entire environment would have been eaten and then we’d be dead. There simply isn’t any way to have 7 billion people without these lights, electricity, cities and industrial farming.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
Earth Hour is the global event inspiring millions to take action for our world. In the UK this year, we’re encouraging everyone to sign up for Earth Hour by making a promise for the planet.
Earth Hour is also about marking the moment in a symbolic way. Hundreds of millions of people across the world, and nearly nine million in the UK will all switch off their lights on Saturday 24 March 2018 at 8:30pm to show their support for a better world and make their promise to do more to protect it.
Why abandon that very symbol of civilisation, artificial light, in order to call for action on the environment, that very thing which industrial civilisation saves?
The 11th edition of Earth Hour aims to build support for biodiversity by focusing on forests, oceans and wildlife conservation. In addition, the environmentalists want to promote the species protection this year.
OK, great, a useful way of doing that is that we all shuffle off into cities, the fields we do use for food we spray with every chemical imaginable so that we use fewer fields and that’s about the best we can do, isn’t it? Note that urbanisation and industrial farming aren’t what the Earth Hour people advocate.
I am part of a local community group called Sustainable Chard. We have organised a day of events called Earth Hour Chard, including events aimed at the younger members of our town where they can learn about upcycling, renewable energy, planting and growing. During the afternoon there will be eco talks and workshops where people can learn how to reduce their impact on the planet with topics on travel, food, the home and carbon footprints and in the evening we have assembled live bands, musicians, poets, green traders and therapists for an Earth Hour extravaganza.
So people are going to travel to a party to help save the environment?
The actual annoying part of this is alluded to above. If 7 billion of us lived as hunter gatherers there wouldn’t be 7 billion of us. We’d all be dead and before we died we’d have eaten every other thing, animal or plant, upon the face of the planet. It is exactly this industrial civilisation that people so deplore which enables both us and the other bits of nature to survive and thrive. So why is it that people insist upon dumping light, that most obvious part of this industrial civilisation, in order to advocate protecting the very thing that civilisation does protect, the environment?