I'll be there, will you?
[EDIT]: The time is now 10pm, hence why my computer is on again. The past hour and a half (kind of lost track of the time lol) has been incredibly pleasant and kind of flew by. No buzzing of the computer, no glaring light from the monitor, just a few candles around the room, and the chance to lay on the bed while looking out my window and enjoying the time pass by, not as tedious and boring as one might think. It's rare in this era to get a chance to do something so simple and relaxing.
Earth Hour is but a symbolic gesture, it doesn't really solve anything. What it does do, however, is provide a chance for people across the globe to unite and contribute a small, individual effort for a result that can be seen and felt across the planet. After all, we are all children of this planet, in the end we can fight and bicker amongst ourselves all we want, but this planet is our home, and all its organisms, living or not are our family. It also provides us with a chance to prove to the few still-in-denial politicians and mega-corporations that when it comes to the environment, whether it be global warming, degradation, species extinction or whatever, they can scream and yell all they want, but the issue in the eyes of the people is real and important.
So, here's some Earth Hour-related news:
Canadians go dark with world for Earth Hour
Canadians jump on Earth Hour bandwagon
Will you turn out for Earth Hour?
Cities dim lights for environment
And look, even internet giant Google.com is on-board as they "dim their lights" for Earth Hour (screencap taken at 9:49pm local time):
1) World Wildlife Fund Canada's Earth Hour page
2) Earth Hour flickr group
Here are 2 photos out of the many photos that I found particularly amazing;
Toronto downtown before and after the arrival of Earth Hour.
The Skydome (also called the Rogers Centre) before and after the arrival of Earth Hour. We don't realize just how much lights we use until we turn them off...amazing...all that energy.
[EDIT3]: Sorry for the increasingly long post, just keep finding new things to add since it just happened yesterday and statistics of the impacts are just starting to come out. I just realized there's actually a site called "Hill Cam" that takes live images of Parliament Hill 24hrs a day. Dammit!! If I had known I would have monitored Earth Hour last night on Parliament Hill through that site!! Ah well...stats are in!
1) Ottawa saw demand for energy drop almost 4%, enough to power 50 homes for a month or 1 household for 4 years.
2) Toronto also reached their target, reducing energy consumption by just over 5%. Across Ontario an average of 5% energy consumption was saved.
3) On the other hand, our brilliant Prime Minister Harper snubbed Earth Day by keeping his lights on...in his house anyway, because the lights sure aren't on in his freaking head.
And take a look at this photo of "Toronto Hydro officials monitoring Toronto's power consumption eight minutes into Earth Hour at Hydro's control centre, March 29, 2008". Wow, look at that drop....