Earth Hour 2009 is a global campaign to “do something” about the dangers of global warming. The campaign asks everyone to turn off all their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 8:30 p.m. (local time). It’s another exercise in liberal tokenism — it won’t do a thing for global warming, but everyone will feel so much better.
James Taranto is organizing a counter-protest. He is asking everyone with a brain to turn on their lights at 8:30, and leave them on until bedtime.
If no one will listen to the silent majority, let’s at least make sure they see us.
I feel better already.
(Note: Taranto’s column mentions Sunday as the protest day. I think he meant Saturday.)
UPDATE: Viv Forbes of the Carbon Sense Coalition has an even better idea: Rename it “Blackout Night” and conduct it all night, outdoors, on the coldest night of winter.
Spending just one night in the cold and the dark, with no hot coffee or beef on the barbecue, using no light, heat or vehicle energy from coal, gas, petrol or diesel, and without protection from metal or concrete structures, would be good practice for the blackouts and shortages to come if world rationing of carbon products and carbon energy is achieved.