Earth Hour is aiming for one billion participants in 2,400 cities and towns across the globe on Saturday, as people switch off their lights in support of action against catastrophic climate change, --- which in my opinion is a load of hogwash, but more about that later -- (keep reading).
South Africa is switching off officially in Cape Town, Durban and Jo’burg. In fact one of South Africa’s favourite pulse-points, Sandton is hosting the Earth Hour Party 2009 at the Nelson Mandela Square where Jozi’s finest will watch the sky-line disappear when the lights are switched off for one hour on Saturday evening, 28 March between 20:30 and 21:30.
This global climate change campaign was founded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) which launched its “Earth Hour” campaign in December 2007, a global initiative in which cities and communities simultaneously turned off their lights for one hour “to symbolize their leadership and commitment to finding solutions for climate change.”
The first event of this sort kicked off in Sydney, Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million people and 2100 businesses turned off their lights for one hour. It is claimed that this massive collective effort reduced Sydney’s energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour, which is the equivalent effect of taking 48,000 cars off the road for one hour.
This year Egypt's Great Pyramids at Giza will also be plunged into darkness alongside other global landmarks including New York's Empire State Building, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the famed Coca-Cola sign in London's Piccadilly Circus, --- and so on, and so on…
I personally do not have a problem with doing my bit to save the planet, but when a UN Secretary General starts barking orders and urging citizens all over the world to join a cause founded by the WWF (read more here), then I get a little edgy.
Allow me to explain why I feel this way:
Firstly, the Power Elite who “think” they are going to take control of this planet sometime in the future, use crises-after-crisis to move us toward its ultimate goal of a World Socialist Government (New World Order). The current global economic crisis is devaluing currencies so that the people of the world will be forced to accept regional currencies and then a global currency. (Enlighten yourself here). With the world already in a financial crisis the fear of global warming is inspiring the world's politicians to put forward the most costly and economically damaging package of measures ever imposed on mankind (read the full story here).
Secondly, the so-called WWF and its organisers are a fraudulent bunch of hypocrites, as Steven Milloy exposes in his article dated October 9, 2008, some of which I will repeat here for sake of convenience – (The full article is here)
"Join us on a remarkable 25-day journey by luxury private jet," invites the WWF in a brochure for its voyage to "some of the most astonishing places on the planet to see top wildlife, including gorillas, orangutans, rhinos, lemurs and toucans."
For a price tag that starts at $64,950 per person, travelers will meet at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Fla. on April 6, 2009 and then fly to “remote corners” of the world on a “specially outfitted jet that carries just 88 passengers in business-class comfort.” “World class experts — including WWF’s director of species conservation — will provide lectures en route, and a professional staff will be devoted to making your global adventure seamless and memorable.” Travelers will visit the Amazon Rain Forest in Brazil, Easter Island, Samoa, Borneo, Laos, Nepal, Madagascar, Namibia, Uganda or Rwanda, and finish up at the luxury Dorchester Hotel in London.
This is the very same WWF that says “the current growth in [carbon dioxide] emissions must be stopped as soon as possible” and that blames Americans for emitting 21 percent of global CO2 emissions even though the U.S. accounts for only 5 percent of the global population.
So how does this fantasy trip square with the WWF’s alarmist rhetoric?
Using the carbon footprint calculator on the WWF’s own web site, the 36,800-mile trip in a Boeing 757 jet will burn about 100,000 gallons of jet fuel to produce roughly 1,231 tons of CO2 in 25 days — that’s the equivalent of putting about 1,560 SUVs on the road during those three-plus weeks and that doesn’t even include emissions related to local air, ground and water transport and other amenities.
The WWF laments on its web site that the average American produces 19.6 tons of CO2 annually, which is nearly five times the world average of 3.9 tons per person. But during the WWF’s posh excursion, travelers will produce 14 tons of CO2 per person. That’s 71 percent of the average American carbon footprint and 360 percent of the average global footprint in a mere three-and-one-half weeks. But who’s counting — especially when you’re in “19 rows of spacious leather seats with full ergonomic support” enjoying “gourmet meals, chilled champagne [and] your own chef.”
I guess those are the rules when you’re one of WWF’s wealthy donors, but now contrast this with the how the WWF says the rest of us should live our lives. They want us (poor common folk) to roll up our sleeves, to take steps to reduce emissions, to prepare for climate change, and to encourage others to do the same. What a nerve they have!
---- End of Steven Milloy's article.
Earth Hour organisers say that by turning off the lights from 8.30pm local time on Saturday, people can send a powerful collective message on the importance of action on climate change. What they are actually trying to achieve here is to brainwash as many idiots as possible so that when the world leaders meet in the Danish capital of Copenhagen in December this year to design a new global strategy to fight global warming, the majority of the planet’s leaders will have no choice but to accept whatever agreements come out of that meeting. And believe you me, they will be backed by top scientists warning the committee that we haven’t seen the worst effects of global warming yet, -- this, despite the fact that many countries have reported the coldest winters. See: Coldest Winter in UK for 13 years. Utterly confusing isn’t it! Can anyone explain this in uncomplicated terms?
As far as I’m concerned we can go back to the dark ages any time. There is nothing more peaceful than sitting with a fishing- rod at some dam, miles away from the city lights and the noisy traffic, while gazing at the awesome night sky, sipping red wine, and – I think you’ve got the picture!
A last few words taken from The Green Agenda:
“We all want to be wise and careful stewards of the beautiful planet we call home. However, certain aspects of the modern green movement that is permeating every segment of our society are not about protecting the environment. You don’t have to dig very deep to discover the true beliefs of the influential leaders who are using genuine concerns about the environment to promote an agenda of fear and control. Please carefully consider the implications of the opinions that they so openly and freely express.” Source: The Green Agenda
Five-Star Green Hypocrisy:-- http://junkscience.com/ByTheJunkman/20081009.html