Sunday, March 29, 2009

Earth Hour, Did you care?


On the particular Saturday, we were dining in the dark, lights off between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

The funny thing was, obviously the kitchen lights were still on, gas burning away, oven switched on throughout, air-con keeping the place nice and chilled, music being played, plenty of candles to give it the place a more romantic effect.

Though the more important question to ask is:

Has it made anyone more "green" and proud of themselves by celebrating Earth Hour? Or has everyone just gone back to leading their own life as usual, leaving on the lights and air-con when you go out?

In any case, i blame Earth Hour for my horrible pictures when i finally do review the place this week.

So what did you guys think? A mere case of commercialisation and look like the "good guy" of the Earth?

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't care about Earth hour. Earth hour is for the wealthy ones-to remind them not to waste electricity. I switch-off my lights and my PC like everyone before I go to bed each nights. Except my refridgerator.

I wonder why traffic lights were not off during Earth Hour. ;-)

Sean said...

i figure that any effort that boosts public awareness is positive. many of us will go back to business as usual, but some of us won't. every little bit helps...
that looks like moxie, right? :D

Life for Beginners said...

Well, it's the thought that counts. Moxie did a good job of keeping the restaurant running through Earth Hour with at least the lights turned off... I doubt many of their patrons would enjoy being in complete darkness for an hour... nor would their waiters I'd imagine! :P

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

anon: that would just create chaos, dont you think?

sean: public awareness should be worked into the crowd everyday, not just once a year..yeap moxie it is..

lob: hahaha best part was, my friend called the place up before that to ask if they were participating, and when they said no, we said good. then we found out they were switching off the lights after all!

traveleo said...

I really think this earth hour thing is really a whole bunch of over-rated publicity crap.

I'm about to sound really selfish here but I'm expected to live to a ripe old age of 75 - 80 years, and the earth is definitely still going to be around till then.

And to those of you asking "what about your children?" - I'm not planning any.

So, you green-peace dudes and "environmentally conscious" people can go on doing your thing.

I want to drink my champagne, and being able to watch the lovely bubbles float to the service. I want to be able to tell whether it's a Krug or a Dom Perignon.

I want to be able to distinguish whether that piece of meat on my place is well-done or rare.

So keep the lights on and perhaps stop driving for an hour, thank you. :)

550ml jar of faith said...

Publicity stunt, courtesy of WWF which have not been shouting climate change up until very recently, a slap in the face for tireless low-key organizations and individuals who have been aware and actively minimizing energy consumption for yonks. If nothing else, it's at least made energy saving a trendy cause.

fatboybakes said...

my dad kept mumbling, "wonder how many billion they've wasted on advertising".....

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: more than they r saving on the electricity...

550ml: i doubt trendy existed after 9.30pm

leo: totally agreed..esp champagne..bcos i barely drink enuf to know what is champagne haha..

thule a.k.a leo said...

yeah.. those money spent on promoting Earth Hour can be very well spent elsewhere...

for me, I did switch off TV but not lights and air-cond... coz don't wanna suffocate my less-than-a-month-old baby and it was feeding time... lol!!!

For me, I did my part to recycle and reuse... but unless our govt improves their stupid and less effective public transport, my car will keep on emitting CO2 into the air... don't blame me for this

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I think it's a publicity stunt. Even retail outlets were having "Earth Hour Sales"!! And they waste much much more on advertising. Pttfffttt...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: haha rewarding ppl by giving discounts?

leo: hope the recycle is not just that hour..haha

Nic (KHKL) said...

every hour is earth hour, me thinks. ;D

ohhh, u went to moxie! i personally think that the lighting there is kinda bad. so, i guess earth hour or not, must use higher ISO already la..hehehehe...

backStreetGluttons said...

We normally stay away from this type of issues, for we may say the worst things ( doesn't the truth hurt ?).

How about Mothers' Day ? After buying her a nice dinner and some flowers , would you love her more ?

Then your GF on Valentines Day . Does it make any difference ? Did the invasion of Iraq and the exeucution of Sadam made a difference ?

We always wonder...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

nic: yeah not only the iso, but the white balance was a nitemare!!!

bsg: yes thats right to the very dot..!

thule a.k.a leo said...

I mean... generally :)

Julian Si said...

Good to see Moxie participating, did u enjoy the STEAK DIANE there :-)

Cheers mate!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: haha good to know!

julian: no dianne..had a naked truth..the truth coming soon!

teckiee said...

I support earth hour... that is why i did what I would normally do on a Sat night and not waste fuel driving (that's energy from earth) to end up in a park over looking the two corn building. I think it's cool that people are participating but they are really missing the point. Earth Hour is not a celebration where you off the lights and watch fire tricks and flash lights performance in Cap Square. Earth Hour is not an hour of romance at the park because you light candles (I wonder how much CO2 was emitted) and for restaurant to join in the publicity stunt.

...ok I'm starting to rant here.. that's bad... ;p
http://green.yahoo.com/blog/ecogeek/1012/candles-are-10-times-worse-for-the-environment-than-light-bulbs.html?pg=2

terri@adailyobsession said...

i think it was great, making ppl aware n collectively do smthing even if it was just an hour. sad to think tt such an effort would merit cynical remarks about commercialisation n publicity n "so what, back to normal after an hour"!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

terri: i think the point is ppl shuld not celebrate earth hour and forget the principles..i find it ironic and contradicting to get on with our lives after so call "saving the earth" for an hr..if u want to save the world, it has to be 24/7 always on ur mind, not when ppl remind u to..thats all..

teckiee: totally agreed la..i suppose im pissed at the fact ppl dont get the point..

zewt said...

never like the commmerciality of it but... i am still harping on the awareness it creates...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

zewt: lets hope the awareness created does not go into waste..

worldwindows said...

My son was the proponent. Talk about New Media propaganda. I use to threaten him that when he owns a home I will turn on all the lights everyday the moment he leaves home for work. Doesn't work until WWF. Hope this awareness bears fruit into the future.

ggmu said...

It's better if we can stop the war!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

worldwindows: hahah!

ggmu: damn true!