Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wanted: More Earth Hours

Have been looking at pictures of Earth Hour (28th March, 8:30 - 9:30 pm) and it is quite scary to see the amount of electricity we have been using. We are actually pushing the earth to its final limits, after which the entire system is going to topple over... and it is going to happen very soon.

Anyway, it is nice to see that more people have participated this year, as the fear becomes more and more real; we all know that the next big climate catastrophe will happen in our own lifetimes, so we cannot push the thought any further into the unconscious.

Climate change is one problem that effects every country, without exception. There are no borders here. We cannot afford to be selfish or pass on the responsibility to more developed countries. I once heard two colleagues talking about environment standards being imposed on factories etc in our countries by buyers in US and Europe, and their discussion was about "Why should we? Now that they have become developed after causing so much harm to nature, why should we slow down our development?".
But I think, can we really afford to be this selfish? Who cares who did the harm? After all, it is ALL of us, without exception who will be effected by this. So why not do something, anything, however small, at an individual level? Who cares what others are doing, why can't we lead by example?

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