Apparently a lot of human beings are going to be participating in earth hour tonight. From some news sources the goal is for over a billion people to unplug themselves from human achievement. I view this as a celebration of technological privation, a way for people to assuage their guilt for being human beings.
This used to be called camping.
Tonight we have a new way to save the planet; we can act without accomplishing anything. This is called raising awareness. It can also be called raising anxiety, or feeding public guilt.
Don’t get me wrong, I think that it is quite healthy for people to do what they can as individuals to lessen feelings of anxiety. Bury a potato on a full moon, hug a tree, wear an onion on your belt, recycle, go to confession, fast, do whatever you like.
Just don’t ask me to join your club.
I am planning on sitting by my fire pit, drink a beer or three, and create charcoal to use in making my own gunpowder. But then again this is what I was planning on doing before I heard of Earth hour.
What are you planning on doing to celebrate?
Hug a tree?
Wear an onion on your belt?
Howl at the moon?
Watch TV to see how many people turn off their lights?
I just hope that by tomorrow everyone feels better.