Earth Hour- the wrap-up
Earth Hour was reported by much of the press, and Associated Press writer CARYN ROUSSEAU published
which gave summary of world-wide activity and information from the parent Earth Hour organization. You can read the original story at the above link for details, but here are a few highlights and lowlights from Rousseau’s article:
…. In, where environmentalists are part of the coalition government, lights-out orders went out for scores of government buildings, bridges and monuments in more than a dozen cities and towns.
But the international banks and brokerages of‘s financial district blazed away with light, illuminating floor after empty floor of desks and idling computers.
… much of Europe — including France, Germany,and European Union institutions — planned nothing to mark Earth Hour. …
Given Germany’s strong stand on clean power implementation, I think that is one place that already has the message, loud and clear. For example, the German city of Marburg has made solar energy systems mandatory on new buildings, and Germany and Spain have collaborated on huge solar panel-based power plants.
I think that the event was great for raising awareness and building a sense of community across international borders and locally.
In addition the the great support found in many quarters, there are a lot of cynical comments to be found on the web about Earth Hour. I’ll say this about cynicism- it is just talk, and never achieves anything.
© James K. Bashkin, 2008
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