For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. 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.
If it has any effect, Earth Hour is likely to be counterproductive by convincing people that global warming is a problem that can be solved by symbolic gestures. It will also lead to responses like this from Nashville blogger, Glen Dean, who writes, “I am going to run the washer, dryer, and dishwasher. I plan on turning on all lamps, overhead lights, flood lights, porch lights, and I’ll probably even run the ole box fan, in spite of the fact that my AC will also be on. I’ll even crank up both vehicles and probably sit and rev up the one that smokes.”
Earth Hour promises to accomplish as much for the environment as hopping in your car and driving to an “EarthFest” on Earth Day.