This Saturday is the day of the year when we are supposed to observe Earth Hour.
At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour.
We are supposed to turn off all of our lights in order to demonstrate that we love our world; our earth.
Every light in the house will be on.
The idea that we are supposed to demonize the very thing that has brought such progress to our lives seems to be a bit opposite to how we live our lives.
Everything that we enjoy today we enjoy more and longer because of our energy. The quality of life that we experience is directly tied to our harnessing and use of power. We are who we are because of electricity. We do what we do because of electricity.
The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity. Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism. It encourages the sanctimonious gesture of turning off trivial appliances for a trivial amount of time, in deference to some ill-defined abstraction called “the Earth,” all the while hypocritically retaining the real benefits of continuous,
reliable electricity. People who see virtue in doing without electricity should shut off their fridge, stove, microwave, computer, water heater, lights, TV and all other appliances for a month, not an hour. And pop down to the cardiac unit at the hospital and shut the power off there too.
I don’t want to go back to nature. Travel to a zone hit by earthquakes, floods and hurricanes to see what it’s like to go back to nature. For humans, living in “nature” meant a short life span marked by violence, disease and ignorance. People who work for the end of poverty and relief from disease are fighting against nature. I hope they leave their lights on.
Go ahead. Go to Japan. Ask those folks without anything if they would rather go back to reading a book by the light provided by electricity while being warmed by heat supplied by oil and gas or if they’d rather …. you know, not.