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Friday, March 26, 2010

We Only Have One Planet

Tomorrow, billions of people around the world will be turning off their lights for an hour to promote awareness that we live on a planet called Earth.  This is distinct from other "holidays" in the cult of Gaia such as Earth Day (April 22), Arbor Day (April 30), National Environmental Education Week (April 11-17), National Conservation Day (October 28), World Environment Day (June 5), and the list goes on and on.

Apparently, this profusion of earth-loving "holidays" has failed to raise awareness to a sufficient level, so it is doubtful whether the so-called "Earth Hour" will be any more lasting.  Still, we should all do our part, so here are some helpful suggestions on how you can participate.  Your planet will thank you!
  • Drive your car at night with the headlights off
  • Perform brain surgery in the dark
  • Go jogging in the middle of a dark country road
  • Unplug all clocks that have a light-emitting display
  • Go to a bar and turn off the TV during the final minutes of an NCAA basketball game
Of course, if you don't buy into this whole love your earth-mother, happy-clappy, kumbaya movement, it turns out you are not alone.  Many people will be actively protesting this day of global awareness by turning on their lights and appliances to celebrate the technological triumph of mankind.  Both sides are in agreement on one thing though: stay away from paraffin candles.  "WWF recommends using non-petroleum based candles, like sustainably sourced soy candles, during Earth Hour."

Who knew that there was such a thing as soy candles?  I guess Earth Hour is raising awareness after all.

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