Tonight we are being urged to turn off our lights between 8 and 9 p.m. (Is it allowed to leave on the TV to watch the Canadiens-Toronto game?) Even the lights on the cross on Mount Royal are to be turned off.
The purpose, we are told, is to save electricity, cut greenhouse gases and spark dialogue about other ways we can act to save the planet.
Presumably the electricity saved and the gases cut will be miniscule. And how much will come of floundering around in the dark discussing the salvation of the planet.
Is the real reason for this exercise to assuage our guilt about wrecking the planet without its costing us anything? And at 9 o’clock sharp we’ll all be back to normal. If our country’s government has no environmental policies why should our country’s citizens get themselves in a sweat about greenhouse gases?
Or do you see Earth Hour as a real opportunity to help save the planet?
Do you plan to observe Earth Hour tonight?
I have a friend who is planning a candle-light party.
Have you got any special activity planned for that hour?