Bjorn Lomborg’s thoughts on Earth Hour

Bjorn Lomborg chimes in on Earth Hour – the green project, set for 8:30 pm on March, where eco-conscious individuals can turn out their lights as a means of “doing something” about global warming.

Not surprisingly Lomborg suggests that there are better ways of actually achieving some progress on environmental and energy issues.

On the evening of March 23, 1.3 billion people will go without light at 8:30—and at 9:30, and at 10:30, and for the rest of the night—just like every other night of the year. With no access to electricity, darkness after sunset is a constant reality for these people.

At the same time, another 1 billion people will participate in “Earth Hour” by turning off their lights from 8:30-9:30.

The organizers say that they are providing a way to demonstrate one’s desire to “do something” about global warming. But the reality is that Earth Hour teaches all the wrong lessens, and it actually increases CO2 emissions. Its vain symbolism reveals exactly what is wrong with today’s feel-good environmentalism. […]

If we really want a sustainable future for all of humanity and our planet, we shouldn’t plunge ourselves back into darkness. Tackling climate change by turning off the lights and eating dinner by candlelight smacks of the “let them eat cake” approach to the world’s problems that appeals only to well-electrified, comfortable elites.

20. March 2013 by Jason Hayes
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