crazy for the rest of the year.
Civic leaders say 'Oh yes we support Earth Hour - we turn off all the non-essential lighting". I just wonder why we don't leave all non-essential lights off all year - not just for an hour! Or maybe we should get some true leaders rather than the pathetic ones who don't have the guts to do best for our country over the long term rather than themselves for the short term.
Many major companies and institutions send their staff emails along the lines of this: “As part of our commitment towards sustainability, we are encouraging everyone to participate in Earth Hour this Saturday 27th March from 8:30pm - 9:30 pm. Earth Hour is a global initiative to take action against climate change, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature. Could you please ensure all non-essential lights, computer screens, phone chargers, and other non-essential appliances are switched off before you leave on Friday March 26. For more resources and ideas on how to reduce your environmental footprint visit www.earthhour.org.au”.
My question to them all is: "Why don't you request that this be done every day and we have an Earth Year?”
As a community we in Australia we have become so used to getting what we want when we want it – and the younger generations are even more so - that any restrictions are unpopular. We can solve water shortages so easily by halving our usage. What does one individual do with 140 litres per day? I can live on 10 litres per day in the desert and have a ‘shower’ and wash clothes every three or four days!
Water wastage, salination of soils, coastal runoff, over-fishing and overstocking are
killing this land. It needs a 25-50 year plan and budget to fix it. These issues have been known for at least 40 years. Read Graham Chitlleborough’s "Shouldn’t Our Grandchildren Know?"
My sincere apologies to my descendents for how I am leaving this planet and to those who have worked so hard for so long to affect change. Yet we still see selfish people and pathetic ‘leaders’ who will not address the REAL issues. Gurgle, gurgle...we and this precious Earth go down the drain!