Everybody Listen Up: Earth Hour

25Mar09

This Saturday, March 28th from 8:30-9:30pm, is Earth Hour. Everyone is expected to shut down all electricity and electronics for one hour, for the purpose of bringing awareness to climate change. Huh?

Okay, I understand that global warming and melting ice caps and blah blah blah are ruining our future, but how am I supposed to check my Facebook and Twitter (follow me!) during the crucial hour from 8:30-9:30pm? Don’t they know that’s primetime for letting all your friends know where you are heading that night?

The California Culinary Academy in San Francisco kicked off the Earth Hour celebrations by carving an ice sculpture in front of the Ferry Building this week, which is what caused me to actually learn what Earth Hour is. I thought they were just carving a sculpture to bring awareness to the culinary school! Silly me, something always has to be in protest of something here in the city.

What I think makes this protest cool is not the fact that it will raise awareness of a serious issue, but the fact that it will blanket parts of the city, and others around the world, in darkness. In downtown, more than 120 commercial buildings will go completely dark, as well as the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge. Other iconic landmarks include City Hall, the Ferry Building, and Coit tower. I’m picturing a very eerie sight, very cool. This is when the Zombie flash mob should be roaming the streets! How creepy would that be?

Around the world, other cities and iconic landmarks will be participating in this cause. The Las Vegas strip, the Coliseum in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, all will be going black. I wonder if this will cause a permanent shift to complete blackness, because as they say, once you go black, you never go…nevermind.

Earth Hour Official Website
http://www.earthhour.org 

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