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BrandonCarr39
03-28-2009, 04:56 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090328/ap_on_re_as/earth_hour

BONN, Germany From an Antarctic research base to the Great Pyramids of Egypt and beyond, the world switched off the lights on Saturday for the second Earth Hour, dimming skyscrapers, city streets and some of the world's most recognizable monuments for 60 minutes to highlight the threat of climate change.

Time zone by time zone, nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries joined the event sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund to dim nonessential lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

An agreement to replace Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012, is supposed to be reached in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December, and environmentalists' sense of urgency has spurred interest in this year's Earth Hour. Last year, only 400 cities participated; Sydney held a solo event in 2007.

Organizers initially worried enthusiasm this year would wane with the world focused on the global economic crisis, Earth Hour executive director Andy Ridley told The Associated Press. But he said it apparently had the opposite effect.

"Earth Hour has always been a positive campaign; it's always around street parties, not street protests, it's the idea of hope, not despair. And I think that's something that's been incredibly important this year because there is so much despair around," he said. "On the other side of it, there's savings in cutting your power usage and being more sustainable and more efficient."

The Chatham Islands, a small chain about 500 miles (800 kilometers) east of New Zealand, switched off its diesel generators to officially begin Earth Hour. Soon after, the lights of Auckland's Sky Tower, the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand, blinked off.

At Scott Base in Antarctica, New Zealand's 26-member winter team resorted to minimum safety lighting and switched off appliances and computers.

In Australia, people attended candlelit speed-dating events and gathered at outdoor concerts as the hour of darkness rolled through. Sydney's glittering harbor was bathed in shadows as lights dimmed on the steel arch of the city's iconic Harbour Bridge and the nearby Opera House.

And in Egypt, the Great Pyramids darkened, as did the Sphinx.

In Bonn, WWF activists planned a candlelit profanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofa nityfiltertail party on the eve of a U.N. climate change meeting, the first in a series of talks this year seeking a new deal to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases that scientists say are dangerously warming the planet.

As nightfall approached in Europe, Paris planned to darken more than 200 monuments and buildings, including the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral.

The Eiffel Tower will extinguish its lights for only five minutes for security reasons because visitors will be on the tower, said WWF France spokesman Pierre Chasseray. But a nightly 9 p.m. sparkling lights feature will not run.

"Above all in the current economic crisis, we should send a signal for climate protection," said Klaus Wowereit, the mayor of Berlin, one in a handful of German cities switching off lights for Earth Day for the first time.

In Switzerland, the city of Geneva plans to switch off the lights on its theaters, churches and monuments. Among these are the Reformation Wall, where floodlights normally illuminate 10-foot (three-meter) statues of John Calvin and other leaders of Protestantism. The city's motto engraved on either side of the statues is: "After darkness, light."

Romania planned to turn off lights at the massive palace built in Bucharest by the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

Still, a key 2010 football World Cup qualifier against Serbia posed a dilemma for Romanians. "Shall we watch the match or turn off the lights?," the 7plus daily asked in its main front-page headline.

The U.N. headquarters in New York and other facilities were dimming their lights to signal the need for global support for a new climate treaty.

U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon called Earth Hour "a way for the citizens of the world to send a clear message: They want action on climate change."

China participated for the first time, cutting the lights at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube, the most prominent 2008 Olympic venues. Shanghai cut lights at all government buildings and other structures on its waterfront, while Hong Kong, Baoding, Changchun, Dalian, Nanjing and Guangzhou also took part.

In Bangkok, the prime minister switched off the lights on Khao San Road, a haven for budget travelers packed with bars and outdoor cafes. On Bangkok's bustling Silom Road, street vendors hawking pirated DVDs and T-shirts chipped in by turning off the bulbs that light their stalls.

Earth Hour organizers say there's no uniform way to measure how much energy is saved worldwide.

Earth Hour 2009 has garnered support from global corporations, nonprofit groups, schools, scientists and celebrities including Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett and retired Cape Town Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

McDonald's Corp. planned to dim its arches at 500 locations around the U.S. Midwest. The Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Fairmont hotel chains and Coca-Cola Co. also planned to participate.

tony hipchest
03-28-2009, 05:08 PM
*awaiting people to bitch about this* :coffee:

"But, but, but, but, Gore...."

:chuckle:

(and yes... Obama paid 100 TRILLION dollars for this initiative)

fansince'76
03-28-2009, 05:50 PM
I'm sure turning off the lights for an hour will stop the sun from becoming increasingly warmer, volcanoes like Redoubt that spew ash 9 miles into the air from erupting, rivers in North Dakota from overflowing and nature from simply doing what it does as well. Idiotically futile symbolic gestures, anybody? :coffee:

tony hipchest
03-28-2009, 05:56 PM
it saves an hours worth of electricity.... :hunch:

but hey, why should we even try to atleast put forth an effort? this planet is going to hell in a handbasket anyways.

fansince'76
03-28-2009, 06:03 PM
but hey, why should we even try to atleast put forth an effort? this planet is going to hell in a handbasket anyways.

Sure it is. I mean the Earth was headed for another ice age when I was in elementary school. Had the shit scared out of me as a little kid actually believing that malarkey too. But now it's the exact opposite and I'm expected to buy into that like a good little environmentally-conscious sheeple again. Not happening this time around, sorry.

GBMelBlount
03-28-2009, 06:09 PM
it saves an hours worth of electricity.... :hunch:

but hey, why should we even try to at least put forth an effort? this planet is going to hell in a handbasket anyways.

What is the point of this Tony? To prevent climate change? Do you REALLY buy into this?

U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon called Earth Hour "a way for the citizens of the world to send a clear message: They want action on climate change."

:doh:

Godfather
03-28-2009, 06:14 PM
Idiotically futile symbolic gestures, anybody? :coffee:

Kind of like mailing a teabag to DC?

fansince'76
03-28-2009, 06:17 PM
Kind of like mailing a teabag to DC?

Yeah, basically. But then I'm not doing that either. I voted on November 4th and made my "voice heard," and it was ignored. I just have to lump it for the next 4 years.

beSteelmyheart
03-28-2009, 08:59 PM
Futile gesture or not, what's the big deal about saving an hour's worth of electricity? Whether global warming is a viable theory or not, what exactly is the harm in at least saving a little bit of money, or are we that spoiled & complacent that it's just too damned much for us to manage? Gimme a break, people.

fansince'76
03-28-2009, 09:05 PM
Futile gesture or not, what's the big deal about saving an hour's worth of electricity? Whether global warming is a viable theory or not, what exactly is the harm in at least saving a little bit of money, or are we that spoiled & complacent that it's just too damned much for us to manage? Gimme a break, people.

That's just it - it wasn't about conserving energy at all. It was arranged as a "statement" against "climate change." In that context, it was a futile gesture.

tony hipchest
03-28-2009, 09:06 PM
What is the point of this Tony? To prevent climate change? Do you REALLY buy into this?


oh... of course not. i also dont buy into the elementary biological principal that the rain forests provide the planet with oxygen and we cant drink nothing but seawater.

im beginning to buy into the principal that there is plenty of oxygen if you bury your head in sand. :thumbsup:

climate change or not... its all about preventing waste as a first step. i love how republicans are so focused about govt waste, but dont give a shit about personal or individual waste. (kinda makes it hard to take them seriously.)

in the meantime i will continue to turn down the water as i brush my teeth, simply because it it a good habit. and may save me 10 bucks over the course of a year. i have taught my offspring to do the same.

you continue turning it up full blast if it makes you feel better. :drink:

beSteelmyheart
03-31-2009, 07:45 PM
oh... of course not. i also dont buy into the elementary biological principal that the rain forests provide the planet with oxygen and we cant drink nothing but seawater.

im beginning to buy into the principal that there is plenty of oxygen if you bury your head in sand. :thumbsup:

climate change or not... its all about preventing waste as a first step. i love how republicans are so focused about govt waste, but dont give a shit about personal or individual waste. (kinda makes it hard to take them seriously.)

in the meantime i will continue to turn down the water as i brush my teeth, simply because it it a good habit. and may save me 10 bucks over the course of a year. i have taught my offspring to do the same.

you continue turning it up full blast if it makes you feel better. :drink:

Thank you. I couldn't have said it better.

MACH1
03-31-2009, 08:38 PM
oh... of course not. i also dont buy into the elementary biological principal that the rain forests provide the planet with oxygen and we cant drink nothing but seawater.

im beginning to buy into the principal that there is plenty of oxygen if you bury your head in sand. :thumbsup:

climate change or not... its all about preventing waste as a first step. i love how republicans are so focused about govt waste, but dont give a shit about personal or individual waste. (kinda makes it hard to take them seriously.)

in the meantime i will continue to turn down the water as i brush my teeth, simply because it it a good habit. and may save me 10 bucks over the course of a year. i have taught my offspring to do the same.

you continue turning it up full blast if it makes you feel better. :drink:

Oink Oink says the pork master. :wink02:

tony hipchest
03-31-2009, 08:54 PM
Oink Oink says the pork master. :wink02:


"SOO-EEE!"

youre right. pigs wallow in their own waste, and i am their master. :bowdown:

wait.... are you talking about pork spending, or individuals who are more than proud to wallow in thier own personal waste and consumption?

7SteelGal43
03-31-2009, 09:04 PM
Another empty and futile gesture brought to you by liberalism.

revefsreleets
03-31-2009, 09:10 PM
Hey, I have no problem with this. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with conservation, green initiatives, recycling, etc...as long as it's done responsibly and not done in a way that jeopardizes progress or business.

I take great umbrage with kooky Utopians who want to go overboard and basically want to shut the World as we know it down in an attempt to stop something that isn't actually happening (man made climate change).

Just like the old commercial says, "You can't fool Mother Nature".

MACH1
03-31-2009, 09:47 PM
"SOO-EEE!"

youre right. pigs wallow in their own waste, and i am their master. :bowdown:

wait.... are you talking about pork spending, or individuals who are more than proud to wallow in thier own personal waste and consumption?

Pork spending creates waste. A trillion dollar pig pen to wallow in.

As for conservation, nothing wrong with it to a point. Just don't expect me to sit on a stationary bike hooked to a generator to charge up the car.

beSteelmyheart
04-02-2009, 08:20 PM
Another empty and futile gesture brought to you by liberalism.

No, no, no, for some of us (like myself) politics has absolutely nothing to do with it. I'm only vaguely interested in politics lately, maybe because I'm getting older. I wasn't raised in a politically minded household, my mom hates politicians so much that she can't even stand to watch any president's speech on TV.
I'm conservative because we were poor. I came from basic bluecollar people, my Grandfather worked in a foundry all of his life. The kind of people that try to buy good useful things & like to hold onto things for a long time.
I'm not conservative for any political party, most of thse guys probably don't know the true meaning of conservative because most have never been poor. I'm not a tree hugger, but I love nature & try to respect it because it is God's gift to us & it's beautiful, not because it's popular to do so.
Some of us like to save money. I color my own hair, fix my own vehicle when possible, & like to do stuff like buying unfinished wood furniture, refinishing it myself & keeping it around for years. I like thrift shops. I don't run the water when I brush (I have a Sonic brush) & I don't throw trash out the window when I'm in my car. Why not? Because people who do are pigs, that's why.
I once worked with a silly shallow girl who once bragged about being a "throw away girl" who likes to throw everything away everytime she moves. I could only look at her in horror while wishing I could punch her in the head & stay out of jail.
For some people, being truly conservative is a kind of personal satisfation, we do it for ourselves. It brings about a certain feeling of independence.
We look at the blind consumers as the Sheeple. If you guys want to blow tons of money on crap that you'll want to throw away in two years & run up those credit cards, you go for it. But it's not fair to label those who don't as Liberals.
I know plenty of Republicans that are in debt as well.
The blind consumerism is just a symptom of an empty society, a throw away society where things are designed to become obsolete for the latest new thing. And that doesn't just apply to things, it applies to people as well.

7SteelGal43
04-03-2009, 05:10 PM
No, no, no, for some of us (like myself) politics has absolutely nothing to do with it. I'm only vaguely interested in politics lately, maybe because I'm getting older. I wasn't raised in a politically minded household, my mom hates politicians so much that she can't even stand to watch any president's speech on TV.
I'm conservative because we were poor. I came from basic bluecollar people, my Grandfather worked in a foundry all of his life. The kind of people that try to buy good useful things & like to hold onto things for a long time.
I'm not conservative for any political party, most of thse guys probably don't know the true meaning of conservative because most have never been poor. I'm not a tree hugger, but I love nature & try to respect it because it is God's gift to us & it's beautiful, not because it's popular to do so.
Some of us like to save money. I color my own hair, fix my own vehicle when possible, & like to do stuff like buying unfinished wood furniture, refinishing it myself & keeping it around for years. I like thrift shops. I don't run the water when I brush (I have a Sonic brush) & I don't throw trash out the window when I'm in my car. Why not? Because people who do are pigs, that's why.
I once worked with a silly shallow girl who once bragged about being a "throw away girl" who likes to throw everything away everytime she moves. I could only look at her in horror while wishing I could punch her in the head & stay out of jail.
For some people, being truly conservative is a kind of personal satisfation, we do it for ourselves. It brings about a certain feeling of independence.
We look at the blind consumers as the Sheeple. If you guys want to blow tons of money on crap that you'll want to throw away in two years & run up those credit cards, you go for it. But it's not fair to label those who don't as Liberals.
I know plenty of Republicans that are in debt as well.
The blind consumerism is just a symptom of an empty society, a throw away society where things are designed to become obsolete for the latest new thing. And that doesn't just apply to things, it applies to people as well.

Whoa, slow down there beSteelmyheart. The empty and futile gesture I was referring to is not saving a few pennies on your utility bill, but the whole "turn off all your lights for an hour and save the earth". You have to admit, even if every home, office, business participated, it wouldn't amount to much, I mean c'mon, one hour ?! Just another worthless call to action by libs. As for saving on my utility bill, I do what I can each and every day to keep it down. That's good for me and the environment. Speaking of saving the earth, I, the lone republican on my street, am the ONLY one who recycles. Go figure. PS: I have a mother, and her name isn't earth.