Just as I suspected when I suggested earth hour is greenwash, the attempts to reduce carbon emissions may in fact increase them.
Several comments left on that post are worth highlighting:
From Pointer 2:
From The Courier Timaru edition 26 March p5 “Woodbury event to mark Earth Hour” (not online)
“At 8.30 we will switch off the lights and gather around a bonfire. There will be time for discussion and reflection and maybe a bit of singing,” Mr Polman said.
“we’re asking people to bring a torch, storm lantern or a tealight in a glass jar, and to switch off the lights and appliances before they leave home.”
Totally bizarre isn’t it! Carbon emissions from bonfire? Industrial pollutants from batteries? I’m not even going to comment on the noise pollution from many verses of Kumbayah. None of this seems to count as much as the futile gesture of switching off relatively clean electrical incandescent bulbs and bathing in the glow of self-righteousness instead. No wonder the Green party keeps exceeding 5%.
From Stephen Stratford:
Where I live people throughout the region are being encouraged to support Earth Hour by attending Nightglow, an event at Waikato University. The promotional material says that the main carpark has 5000 spaces, and there are two other carparks for when it is full. What a great way to reduce emissions.
From Mr Dennis:
Modern candles are made from parrafin wax – ie oil. It is quite laughable all these greenies giving up their clean hydro-electricity to burn oil to save the planet.
And they’re mainly made in China. What’s the bet the same people who would be right behind protectionist “Buy NZ Made” campaigns are the ones pushing for people to give up their NZ made electricity to burn Chinese candles tonight?
He has more on his blog.
Irony by candle light, assisted by battery powered torches and transported by cars.
If only the people promoting the greenwash could see the humour in this they’d smile enough to brighten their Saturday in an appropriately carbon neutral manner.