Did we Indians actually need a Earth Hour? We endure enough power cuts in our cities and villages. We can proudly claim that we celebrate Earth Hour every day. The way load shedding was going on few weeks back we use to celebrate it 3 – 4 times a day. Thanks to the BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) election atleast till tomorrow( 28 March 2010) we don’t have to face any power cuts in Bangalore. Which gets me thinking why don’t we have election every other month.
Jokes apart, Earth Hour was conceived by WWF (it’s World Wildlife Fund and not World Wrestling Federation) and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights.
I do believe Europeans and Americans need to feel, what it is like to live without electricity. But we Indians live it so often, I guess it has become second nature to us.
It is believed that the carbon credits gained in the 60-minute token blackout barely makes up for the energy used to back this campaign, both online and offline. It’s a symbolic gesture which harms nature as much as it creates awareness. Why not support a campaign like NDTV’s Greenathon, which is actually doing something at the grass route level for greener life style.
Why choose Saturday for Earth Hour? Why not a working day when more power can be saved, which would justify the carbon credits needed for the entire campaign? That is because big corporate houses which support these doesn’t want to lose out on their productivity. For most of these business houses it’s more like an ad campaign. Create good impression about their company.
Am not sure whether all the efforts involved in Earth Hour is justified. Electricity department would be very happy because it would be able to save power. To me it all sounds like good campaign turned into an media event where business houses try to create positive impression about themselves.
If you stay in Bangalore, Please go out and vote today.