Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Will Earth Hour Really Work?

Can A Single Hour Find Remedy To Climate Change?

India is all set to celebrate Earth hour on this Saturday evening. And green celebes like Rahul Bose and Abhishek Bachhan are pulling up their socks to make Earth hour a success. In 2007, Sydney became the first city to celebrate the festival of nature with seventh heaven. Eventually, Earth hour became a great success. WWF claims that in March 2009, India along with hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative. But will it really bring any ray of hope to find any remedy to climate change? Can a single hour bring such an impact?
The elucidation lies in statistics. Delhites consume around 3000MW of electricity during its peek hours. If five out of every ten house in our capital put-off their light for an hour, it would save around fifty percent of total power consumption. So it saves around 1.5 million units of electricity or in other words, it saves around 800 tons of carbon dioxide. And remember that this value is only for Delhi, however it is expected that this value may round off at twice or thrice.
It may give the impression of grand gift for nature. Moreover, we feel that we have been able to loosen the string of climate change. But this assumption is our biggest mistake. This amount is a small bit of the story. If we consider our total carbon emission, this amount is like a brick in a multi-story building. We never care about running AC and room heaters 365 days a year, so what revolution can a single hour bring?
Even WWF itself recognizes the fact. The organization states, “There’s more to it than switching off lights for one hour once a year; it’s all about giving people a voice on the future of our planet and working together to create a sustainable low carbon future for our planet.” But isn’t it too late? Shouldn’t have it be done a decade before?
Well I truly believe that little drops add up to make an ocean, but this process takes ages. And we don’t have much time for merry-making. It’s not the time to learn, but to implement all those steps we have learnt. After all there is no value of learning if we don’t implement them. Today, the death clock is tickling fast and if nothing is done right away, may the race of human becomes a history.
So, where is the problem? As most of us are to blame policy makers, the roots of the crisis stay inside our mind. We are numb toward our nature. We don’t care what would happen to our grandchildren. People save their hard-earned penny for their children, but don’t care about gratuitous driving or wastage of electricity, adding tons of carbon every year. We all are trapped into a single bogus ideology that nature can have no impact on human, as we are supreme.
It has been dinned into us by the proverbs and sermons that we never pay the price of a sweet voice until the bird has flown away. And our planet is no exception. Although the term ‘Global Warming’ first appeared as myth in 1970s, but there is enough evidence to prove climate change is no fake. Scientist warned us a decade ago but we never tried to comprehend the dilemma. We didn’t react. And now, when we are at the edge of our total annihilation, we are spending sleepless nights. Neither you nor me can ignore the effort of ‘Earth Hour’. In reality, Earth Hour is the biggest effort any organization can make on their part. The rest depends on us; how we respond to the yell of our grandchildren.

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