Saturday, March 29, 2008

Another treehugging plan gone horribly wrong

'Earth Hour' may have some unintended repercussions. (Cool pics though at this Star slideshow.)

Matthew at The Politic has found a Globe article humorously listing 60 things to do during Earth Hour. Numbers 24 to 26 may very well end up being played out all across the world:

24. Don't forget fitness. Practise naked yoga.

25. Conserve water. Share a bath.

26. Or go to bed early. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.


So nine months from now, won't there be a sharp global increase in the birth rate of earth-fouling, carbon-emitting, meat-eating human nuisances?

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Update: I just came across the Snopes report on safety concerns regarding CFLs. It's definitely worth a read. You may want to bookmark it in case you ever break one. No you don't have to call in a Hazmat team, but there are some precautions to take.

There have been many reports of explosions, of flashing and noises at the end of the bulb's life, and of fixtures being burned. They can also be affected by humidity. Of course there are concerns about mercury.

But apparently you needn't worry, as long as you check the packaging.

Why do I still not feel reassured?

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Sunday Update: Stephen Taylor has an excellent post up showing how various buildings in Ottawa 'observed' Earth Hour. Well worth the visit!

14 comments:

Greg said...

I.m not sure your average Globe writer understands the connection. Too many alternative life arrangements bouncing around in their teeny brains to comprehend man+woman = baby

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Greg, good point. And of course, it's easy enough to get rid of the little blighters in Canada - although I suppose there is a bit of carbon emitted afterwards. What do they do with the unwanted 'tissue' anyway?

Kelly said...

LOL Joanne. Good post!

Alberta Girl said...

have you tried googling this morning.....

I just started to laugh...

My question is how the enviroweenies and full time protesters are going to fit in Earth Hour, the Seal Hunt and Brenda Martin's rally all in one day??

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Thanks, Kelly. ;)


have you tried googling this morning.....

A.G. - Too funny. My husband noticed it first thing because that's his home page. I'm glad they change back to white when the search actually goes through.

My question is how the enviroweenies and full time protesters are going to fit in Earth Hour, the Seal Hunt and Brenda Martin's rally all in one day??


- I was thinking about that, except I forgot about the seal hunt.

I was going to suggest that the Brenda Martin rally be postponed til it gets dark...

But how can we work in the seal hunt?

Gabby in QC said...

#17: Read a book about the environment. [in the dark]
#17a: make an appointment with your optometrist.

Gabby in QC said...

# 37. Calculate your annual hydro bills. Gasp again. Plan ways to reduce your gas and hydro use.
# 37a. Watch your Hydro rates go up to cover replacement costs for blown fuses caused by the surge of increased demand at 9:00 pm.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

# 37a. Watch your Hydro rates go up to cover replacement costs for blown fuses caused by the surge of increased demand at 9:00 pm.

That is exactly what I'm wondering about.

Wouldn't it be ironic if the grid went down at 9?

At the very least, it might not be a bad idea to turn off your computer and any surge-sensitive devices before 9 pm and not turn them back on for a while as a precaution.

west coast teddi said...

Re: wink wink ... is it even possible to watch submarine races in the back seat of a Fortwo smart car?

Earth Hour Nite Lite will Shine Tonight

maryT said...

Woke up to snow this morning so up went the furnace. Lights all on as it must be 8.pm somewhere. CNN is showing clips of cities already dark, and funny thing, lots of lights on. Hope no one is landing in a plane from 8-9pm, just in case some idiot turns off the airport lights.

Anonymous said...

you know what's really funny. My 8 year old son summed up what a nonsense Earh Hour is. Here's his reasoning.

At 8:00pm last evening it was still light outside. We weren't using any lights in our home and the street lights weren't on until later.

So, if the light's on at 8:00pm how will be know that folks are turning things OFF???

What a fizzle.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

So, if the light's on at 8:00pm how will be know that folks are turning things OFF???

Out of the mouths of babes.

Gabby in QC said...

Yesterday, a usually caustic talk show host opposed to anything "Kyoto" was deriding Earth Hour, asking whether it was lights off from sundown to sunset.

His sidekick reminded the audience that the host is an observant Jew ... so he's been doing Earth Days and is way ahead of environmental activists
;-)

maryT said...

Just got the local news bulletin from our town. Wonder how many albertans know about the Project Porchlight being run across alberta right now distributing FREE energy efficient light bulbs to households across the province. They will deliver 350 of them in our town. Representatives will be in attendance in April to hand them out and answer questions. They are looking for volunteers to go door to door to hand them out.
Project Porchlight is sponsored by the Govt of Ab, and EnCana Corp. Partners include Shaw Cable, Climate Change Central (never heard of them) and the 4H and Alberta Junior Forest Wardens.
I will go to the free pot luck supper, but will not bring home the bulbs.
I would love some tough questions to ask these people. PLEASE.
I don't have Shaw Cable, EnCana is not my utility, and no kids in the 4H and Junior Forest Wardens.