U.N.'s Participation in Earth Hour Is Full of Hot Air, Critics Say

So the UN is calling on everyone to go dark for an hour on Saturday (tomorrow) evening in order to help raise awareness and curb “global warming”.

In what it’s calling a “vote for the future of planet Earth,” the World Wildlife Fund wants every light in the world to go dark for one hour on Saturday as a symbolic gesture to call for action on climate change.

                                                         It's called Earth Hour — and among the places where the lights will go out are the Eiffel Tower, the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, the Pyramids of Giza and Niagara Falls.
                                   And, for the first time in the event's three-year existence, the New York headquarters of the United Nations will also go dark, a move officials say will save a whopping $102, a figure that fluctuated wildly when requested from U.N. officials.
                                   Earth Hour — 8:30 to 9:30 p.m in every time zone on the planet — promises to be “the largest demonstration of public concern about climate change ever attempted," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said earlier this month.

Full story here.

For my part, I will turn on every light in my house and probably bake something in my oven and prepare a late dinner on my stove while running my dishwasher and doing my laundry and checking my email on my computer while watching TV as I wait for the food to finish cooking. Heck, I might even squeeze in a quick shower. And if I do, I certainly would not want to get chilled so I will turn up the heat.

Sounds like you’re participating in Human Achievement Hour:


This week Competitive Enterprise Institute announced the creation of Human Achievement Hour (HAH) to be celebrated at 8:30 p.m. on March 28, 2009 (the same time and date of Earth Hour).

Our press release described ways people might celebrate the achievements of humanity such as eating diner, seeing a film, driving around, keeping the heat on in your home — all things that Earth Hour celebrators, presumably, should be refraining from. In the cheekiest manner, we claimed that anyone not foregoing the use of electricity in that hour is, by default, celebrating the achievements of human beings. Needless to say, the enviros in the blogosphere didn’t take to kindly to our announcement.


:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl: You forgot about running the vacuum, heating veggies in the microwave, plugging in the iron to iron that blouse. Using the blow drying after the shower, charging the cell phone, oh and turning on the electric blanket so the bed is nice and warm!

You are going to increase your consumption of finite resources just to spite the whackos? Not a productive strategy.

I prefer pointing out the utter hypocrisy of the movement leaders. The energy used for their mansions, their constant jet travel, SUV limos, vacation homes…

And then they have the gall to criticize me and my 27mpg midsize commuter car. They vote to demand that the car companies must taxed until their fleet averages 35 mpg. That’s a veiled way of saying “increase the prices until the rifriff all must squeeze into econoboxes.”


This event is the perfect expression of the modern environmental movement. Symbolic action, with no personal sacrifce to make an actual difference. Typical elitists: make the masses deal with the problem, not me.

Typical reaction of rush limbaugh ditto head nutbags… Let’s not ever accept that any progressive idea could have any merit at all. Because, after all, every liberal is a socialist, marxist communist atheist who couldn’t possibly have any moral, ethical or religious convictions. I am SOOO tired of hearing the right wing blowhards voice their hate mongering venom against those who might disagree with them. I am sad to see so many people who just take the Limbaugh-Hannity doctrine as gospel and keep swallowing the kool-aid! I used to be a good Catholic, was an altar boy, went to catholic schools, graduated from Notre Dame and taught in Catholic schools. But the Church that has turned back the clock to the dark ages of Catholicism is not the one that I believed in, nor do I ever want to. The God I believe in is much more embracing than any of the doctrines spewed out by the so-called “Holy Father” Pope Nazi lover! I am sorry that I have to spend time in this forum, but the narrow minded, know-it-all mentality on here provokes me to respond.

No one here has talked about liberals or socialists or marxists.I am afraid that you are the one who is stereotyping.:frowning:

Hopefully, you will stick around to see the number of diverse viewpoints that are expressed on this forum.

Which doctrines ‘spewed’ by pope “Nazi - lover” are narrow and unloving?? :confused:

Glad to see you are so much more level headed and rational than are right wing talk show hosts… :rolleyes:

Wow. Rarely have I seen such hate with absolutely no provocation. On this forum or anywhere.

By the way, the Church has not “turned back the clock”. The Church just does not change because God does not change. But that is off-topic.

You also made a number of factual errors, particularly with regard to the Holy Father. But again, that is off-topic.

Forum rules here REQUIRE that posts be on topic and charitable. Name calling and hijacking threads are not allowed.

Oh! I forgot about those! But I do not own a blow dryer, as I do not have any hair. (I don’t think I need to blow-dry my beard. :stuck_out_tongue: )

This is way over the top, as was your PM to me please do not ever PM me again!

Manualman it was a joke as in humor!


How is it “hatemongering” to state our own legal, non-violent protest actions against something with which we disagree? We will be committing private civil disobedience, at our own expense, I might add. I pay my own power bill… don’t you?

No one called any names or put anyone down on this thread until you came into it.

I told my husband that I am turning on everything… including the blender. However, I was only thinking electrically, as it were. Thanks for all the ideas on how to consume more energy! Perhaps I will entice DH into a nice long hot shower while the kids watch movies AND play computer games, while microwaving popcorn.

And P.S. manualman, the only reason our energy resources are “finite” is that we are not allowed to go and dig them up. There are billions upon billions of barrels of accessible oil and natural gas that we are CHOOSING not to go get. Well, not me, but the people in power who have caved to the environmentalists.

proud right-wing wacko Rush Limbaugh-listening nutbag here :wink:

I didn’t get that from the article. Instead, it sounds like the WWF wants everyone to go dark for an hour. After being badgered about it for a couple of years, the slow-moving UN finally agreed to go along with the idea itself. After reporting on that FoxNews spent most of the next 22 paragraphs citing critics who pooh-poohed the WWF’s idea and denigrated the UN’s motives for participating.

I thought that was what Rpp said, that the UN wanted everyone to go dark for an hour. Aren’t you just repeating what he said?:confused:

I don’t understand why the UN would get involved in something like this. If a group wants to ask people to voluntarily turn off their electricity for an hour then why not use the newspapers and radio to get their point across. Why involve the UN at all?

Well, the UN did start by saying that going dark for one hour at the UN headquarters would save over $80,000.

And frankly, the idea IS worth criticizing. Other posters have expressed that on this thread better than I can. The only person who seemed to support the “Earth Hour” idea also called the Pope a “Nazi lover” so I think we can safely dismiss that.

If the UN wants everyone to go dark for an hour, it isn’t stated in the article. It’s the WWF that wants everyone to go dark for an hour. The author apparently thinks it will be easier to denigrate the UN if he can link it in people’s minds with the somewhat flaky WWF publicity stunt. He is of course correct, and it’s no wonder that rpp came to his conclusion from reading the article.

[quote=deb1]I don’t understand why the UN would get involved in something like this. If a group wants to ask people to voluntarily turn off their electricity for an hour then why not use the newspapers and radio to get their point across. Why involve the UN at all?

The UN is a political body, and like any political body a lot of symbolic acts take place that have very little substance. Read through some of the resolutions from Congress, your state house, or your city council to get an idea of the inane posturing that politicians routinely perform.

Yes. It is correct that the World Wildlife Fund started this “movement” a few years ago. I was well aware of it. But the UN HAS picked up their banner on this. THAT is why this is so silly.

There is no evidence supporting anthropogenic global warming. There is little evidence supporting global warming, whatever the cause.

By the way, I did a brief search and was unable to find an informational, yet unbiased, article on this. So I went with Fox as they has a lot more details.

Fair enough, my objection was just to the idea that the UN was the promoter of the idea.

Okay, now I get what you are saying. You are saying that the UN was not the original promoter of the idea. But the UN is promoting the idea now, correct?

Okay, now I understand. You are saying that the UN wasn’t the original promoter of Earth Hour. Does the UN promote Earth Hour now?

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