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  • Location: Up North like
  • Location: Up North like

    Our local radio station has been plugging Earth Hour for the last few weeks. Basically, the idea is that we all switch our lights off between 8-9pm on Saturday night

    Earth hour

    Here is some of the blurb from the site. It takes a while to open I think due to the amount of interest :-

    On March 31 2007, for one hour, Sydney made a powerful statement about the greatest contributor to global warming – coal-fired electricity – by turning off its lights. Over 2.2 million Sydney residents and over 2,100 businesses switched off, leading to a 10.2% energy reduction across the city. What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world.

    In 2008, 24 global cities will participate in Earth Hour at 8 pm on March 29. Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis. It is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.

    So go on, have a romantic candle lit meal and do your bit for the environment :)

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
    Our local radio station has been plugging Earth Hour for the last few weeks. Basically, the idea is that we all switch our lights off between 8-9pm on Saturday night

    Same here Katie CLICKY

    As long as I have a torch that will last me long enough to get to the drinks cabinet and pour a couple out, I shall be joining in! :)

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  • Location: Solihull, West Midlands. UK
  • Location: Solihull, West Midlands. UK

    Sorry to p*** on the self power cut party but I don't see what effect it will have. (Unless you like living in the dark! :D )

    Touchwood shopping centre here in Solihull will be following the trend tonight. Probably the reported 56 flights cancelled from the new T5 at Heathrow will serve a better purpose. (Or maybe cancelling a weeks PMs question time would stop a lot of the co2 as well because as of late, the more they speak, the more hot air gets released into the atmosphere.)

    Think about the latter part of that last sentence. ;)

    Phil.

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  • Location: Redhill, Surrey
  • Weather Preferences: Southerly tracking LPs, heavy snow. Also 25c and calm
  • Location: Redhill, Surrey

    Yep temps globally should drop by say .....0f :D However waste not, want not.

    BFTP

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  • Location: Up North like
  • Location: Up North like

    Since I first posted this someone has pointed out that Power stations are geared up to deliver a certain amount of energy and anything not used just gets "lost" so tonight's event won't actually help.

    This may be true and if it is then surely we should be looking at a way of saving the "lost" energy. I think the main aim of tonight is to raise your personal awareness of your own energy consumption and look to ways of being greener :D

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  • Location: Solihull, West Midlands. UK
  • Location: Solihull, West Midlands. UK

    Could also cause accidents too with people walking around in semi darkness. No-one thought of that.

    A crazy idea which will prove nothing to the powers that be called governments. I'm all for cutting the carbon footprint, such as I do when shutting down my PC and unplugging it at night before I go to bed, as with TV, Sky box, DVD player et al. Plus energy saving bulbs. (Just don't drop any! :D )

    But the fact of the matter is that we are only a handful of those getting involved in this issue globally. And as rightly said by yourself, what about the way of saving the 'lost' energy? In my opinion, it could cause even more energy release when the megawatts suddenly start to boost up again.

    Phil.

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  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
    Since I first posted this someone has pointed out that Power stations are geared up to deliver a certain amount of energy and anything not used just gets "lost" so tonight's event won't actually help.

    This may be true and if it is then surely we should be looking at a way of saving the "lost" energy. I think the main aim of tonight is to raise your personal awareness of your own energy consumption and look to ways of being greener :)

    The energy goes straight into the earth and dissipates?

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  • Location: Maidstone
  • Location: Maidstone

    I would think the power stations are cursing this action because they will have to adjust the amount of electirc generated so as not to waste too much of their resources also when everybody turns on their lights at 9pm the power stations may not be able to cope with the demand for power and some people will end up getting power cuts.

    Still i would love to be in space watching the lights go out.

    Are the councils going to turn off the street lights for an hour too?

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
    Are the councils going to turn off the street lights for an hour too?

    I wouldn't have thought so, it wouldn't be such a good idea really. No streetlights here anyway :unsure:

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

    I will go for a walk with the dogs, if it is raining, I will sit by the fire* and meditate.

    Even if it is not saving anything its the thought that counts IMO

    Rustynailer "Eco warrior" :unsure:

    * It is lit already but I won't put any more wood on for 1 hour.

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  • Location: Leeds (Roundhay) 135m
  • Location: Leeds (Roundhay) 135m
    We had a total of about 2 hours of powercuts the other night. I guess if you wont volunteer and all that... :unsure:

    Same here, i don't think im going to do it tonight. my dad won't like the idea :lol:

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  • Location: Co Dublin, Ireland
  • Location: Co Dublin, Ireland

    pffft I will be leaving all my lights on in protest - actually if everyone turned off their lights at the same time that would not be a good idea! Wait till everyone switches them on again or try to! :unsure:

    Also just to spite the Greenies i'm going out to the back garden to burn a few tyres.

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Storm, anything loud and dramatic.
  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
    Also just to spite the Greenies i'm going out to the back garden to burn a few tyres.

    :lol:

    Leave them fully pumped up with air for max fun, provided you have a large enough garden that is :unsure:

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  • Location: Hayward’s Heath - home, Brighton/East Grinstead - work.
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and storms
  • Location: Hayward’s Heath - home, Brighton/East Grinstead - work.

    I'm all up for it but I'll delay it until 1am tomorrow morning. I can categorically say I will not use up any energy between 1 and 2 am tomorrow.

    Failing that I'll make sure the babysitter sits in silence and darkness tonight.

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  • Location: South Yorkshire
  • Location: South Yorkshire

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2398

    Presumably all the millions of people who will go along with this will save X many tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere,thereby ushering in the ice age which it (CO2) has been so successful in preventing thus far? :unsure:

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  • Location: Near Newton Abbot or east Dartmoor, Devon
  • Location: Near Newton Abbot or east Dartmoor, Devon
    pffft I will be leaving all my lights on in protest - actually if everyone turned off their lights at the same time that would not be a good idea! Wait till everyone switches them on again or try to! :unsure:

    Also just to spite the Greenies i'm going out to the back garden to burn a few tyres.

    How very adult of you.

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  • Location: Taunton, Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunder, strong winds. HATE:stagnant weather patterns
  • Location: Taunton, Somerset

    Thanks for the link, it'll be interesting to see what happens.

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