The Meaning of an Hour in the Dark

 Posted by on 28 March 2009 at 2:00 pm  Environmentalism
Mar 282009

Here’s an excellent letter by OActivist Roberto Sarrionandia published in the UK’s Daily Telegraph from on tonight’s “Earth Hour”:

Turning the lights out is an attack on civilisation

SIR — This Saturday evening, for “Earth Hour”, we are encouraged to turn off our lights as a symbolic sacrifice for nature.

This is a terrifying concept. The electric light has brought safety to our streets, and enabled us to work and enjoy ourselves long into the night. It is, in many ways, the symbol of civilisation.

One hour in the dark may be enjoyable if it is temporary, but existence without electricity would bring death en masse.

When we declare our opposition to the electric light bulb, we declare our opposition to man.

Roberto Sarrionandia
Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire

For more from Roberto Sarrionandia, see his blog, Tito Says. For more on “Earth Hour,” see Keith Lockitch’s op-ed on its real meaning.

Most of all, don’t forget to leave on your lights in honor of Edison Hour tonight!

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