Saturday, March 27, 2010

Earth Hour: Because change is hard

On Saturday, March 27, 8:30 p.m. local time, the second official Earth Hour will be observed. The official website for Earth Hour suggest that as people turn off their lights during a scheduled time, a blackout “will once again cascade around the globe, from New Zealand to Hawaii.” The Los Angeles Times calls Earth Hour “the world’s largest global climate change initiative.” Earth Hour, says the Times, is a “global call to action . . . a call to stand up and take responsibility.”

Easy Earth Hour

In the most basic sense, Earth hour’s call to action is the least we can do. Taking part in Earth Hour doesn’t mean we have to actually take responsibility for the environment by changing any part of the way we live or use. All we have to do is turn off the lights for an hour.

Borrow money, shop, donate

It won’t price you anything; however, anyone who thinks buying merchandise will stop Global Climate Change can shop for Earth Hour gear on their website. Those who believe it might make better environmental sense to donate cash directly to Earth Hour can do that online, too. At the time of this writing, Earth Hour Gear wasn’t available yet, but contributions are always encouraged, so get your personal loan application started if you need a loan to help you do your part in Earth Hour.

Climate Change in a basic form

According to the Earth Hour web site, the effects of climate change are being felt all over the United States. Alaska’s climate has warmed twice as fast as the mainland United States. Glaciers are retreating while permafrost is thawing, sea ice is reducing, and snowmelt is earlier in the spring. In the Northwestern states, winters are wetter and summers are drier, water supplies are strained and erosion is increasing. In the Southwest, water supplies are becoming very scarce and droughts are being a lot more of a concern.

In the Midwest, downpours are twice as frequent as they were a hundred years ago when lake ice is being reduced. The Northeast has less snow and more rain. In the Southeast there are a lot more huge storm surges, increased rainfall, higher winds, increased air temperatures, and additional hurricanes. The man-made environment is threatened, wetlands are drowning, shorelines are eroding, and sea levels are rising on the coastlines and islands, which are a lot more sensitive to impacts from climate change.

Taking a stance isn’t always too hard

It makes sense to take a stance about global climate change, but taking responsibility for the problem needs a lot more than an annual hour-long blackout routine. Taking a stance also doesn’t mean living in a teepee with no running water or electricity.

A person might ride a bike on occasion rather than driving a car, purchase fewer wasteful and unneeded products, or select foods that require less fossil fuel energy to produce.There’s nothing to cease people from turning off the lights for Earth Hour while making real changes, too; except, of course, that change is hard and flipping a switch is easy.

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