Here’s a question: what do Antwerp Cathedral, Moscow State University, the Forth Bridge and the Eiffel Tower all have in common?
No? Well, I’ll tell you. They all switched off their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 28 as part of the Earth Hour 2009’s global call to action against climate change.
At 8.30 local time buildings and private homes around the globe switched off their lights. And they did it, according to the organisers at WWF, not just as an energy saving measure but to draw our attention to climate change.
Not that we need our attention brought to it. Everywhere you go and everything you read has some element of “green” and saving the planet. Oh, and while we’re on the subject… Save the planet? Our planet, along with the Sun and the other planets, has been around for 4.5 billion years and counting – and that’s a long time in anybody’s book. What’s more, it’s going to be here for a long time after we’re all gone. The planet doesn’t need saving; it’s doing quite nicely on its own, thank you very much.
And, let’s be honest here, turning off a few light bulbs for 60 minutes isn’t going to change a thing. It’s not going to make a blind bit of difference in the “battle against climate change”. We all know that, but because we have to pander to the tree-huggers, we have little choice but to give a nod in the direction of the fact we care about our planet.
The more sensible intellects will tell you that global warming is a cyclical thing. It’s not that carbon dioxide creates global warming… rather, global warming creates carbon dioxide.
Forget the hysterical, screaming propaganda: just for the novelty of it, here are some facts. More than anything else on the face of the planet, it is the ocean that influences our climate. Unfortunately, there is no data or theory on which to base facts, and it would be impossible to handle figures of such complexity. So they are simply left out of the equations. Seriously.
In fact, nature puts – wait for it – 26 times as much CO2 into the air through respiration and decay than we as humans do by using energy. Which is just part of the reason why over 30,000 scientists signed a petition saying that, in effect, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the human release of carbon dioxide causes – or will cause – catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere.
What has happened – as has happened so often before – is that a small band with their own agenda start screaming that the sky is falling down, and before you know it sensible people fall for it. Then the whole world joins in. Make no mistake, many governments and businesses are raking a great deal of money on the back of all this nonsense.
The truth is, global warming is related to solar activity. So, here are a few facts about the Sun: if it was a football the Earth would be the size of a pin head. The Sun contains virtually all the mass in our solar system, and the core of the star is at least ten million degrees.
It’s big, okay? It’s very, very big. And THAT’s what influences our planet. So, ask yourself this: is switching off the floodlights on the Forth Bridge for an hour going to make even the slightest bit of difference? No, I don’t think so either.
And the 20,000 light bulbs that grace the Eiffel Tower? They’re all on and burning brightly again. The city of lights, indeed.
Of course, writing like this will no doubt have me labelled a heretic. The thing is, once the weather pattern can be viewed with the hindsight of a few thousand years, and it’s known that the cycles of warming and cooling simply continued on its merry way as it always has done, our children’s children’s children are going to look back at us and laugh at Earth Hour. What the organisers have claimed as “The world’s largest gesture on climate change” will be seen for what it is. A ludicrous and pointless activity that was driven by alarm and panic.