Earth Hour 2009 is March 28 @ 8:30pm

earthI enjoyed Earth Hour 2008. Here's how I spent my first Earth Hour, on March 29, 2008.

The people behind Earth Hour 2009 want to kick it up a notch this year.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

I'm not naive enough to think one hour with the lights off will make a difference in the grand scheme of things, but I think this is a huge opportunity to educate and promote conservation. I make it a big deal for my kids and use it as a tool to discuss other things we can do to reduce the strain on mother earth's natural resources.

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James Edgar

10,9,8...Argie should be chiming in any minute about how BS global warming is. No doubt it's the Muslims fault. The socialist Muslims.

March 19, 2009 @ 3:45 PM


James: How did you know???

Actually I blame a bunch of weak, gullible, guilt ridden lefty white wimps for the whole global warming movement (insert picture of Toronto Mike here). Funny how no one is even discussing global warming/climate change anymore as the only focus is on the global recession. Climate change is so 2007.

March 19, 2009 @ 4:09 PM


Actually James, its really the Freemasons' fault. You're one of them aren't you?

March 19, 2009 @ 4:14 PM


So Argie, being (presumably) a non-"weak, gullible, guilt ridden lefty white wimp", how about taking the initiative here and leading a discussion instead of following it. What do you want to talk about?

March 19, 2009 @ 7:13 PM


I notice in your post from last year that you and some commenters lit candles. How much CO2 does that produce compared to a light bulb not to mention the safety risks?

March 19, 2009 @ 7:56 PM

Toronto Mike

I can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm going to reference something I just read at

#4 The Nirvana Fallacy

The Nirvana Fallacy is when you dismiss anything in the real world because you compare it to an unrealistic, perfect alternative, by which it pales in comparison. It wouldn't be a problem, except it keeps us from getting anything done.

For instance, procrastination can happen for a lot of reasons--you drank too much the night before, or you're feeling uninspired, or it's your first time doing gay porn and you're having second thoughts--but one of the most common reasons we procrastinate is fear that the end result won't live up to the "perfect" idea in our heads. Think about the writer friend of yours who has never actually written anything, because they're "waiting for the right idea" for a book to come along.

This is why people wind up living in their parents' basement--waiting for the perfect job, the perfect girl, the perfect friendship--before committing to anything.

If you're not full of that kind of self-doubt, don't worry, there are plenty of assholes willing to supply it for you. Any incremental improvement on someone else's part is mocked as some kind of deluded hypocrisy, because anything short of perfect is not worth doing, so you might as well do nothing, like them. "Ha! You're drinking a Diet Coke with your hamburger? Like that's really going to make a difference!"

March 19, 2009 @ 8:01 PM

james edgar

"Actually James, its really the Freemasons' fault. You're one of them aren't you? " Yes How did you know? I'm the grand Pooba

March 19, 2009 @ 8:55 PM

stephanie Wilkinson

Maybe we should all wear helmets for Earth Hour? You know... as we light our candles and ride our bikes through the neigbourhoods?

March 19, 2009 @ 9:12 PM

stephanie Wilkinson

(I just read TM's comment...) First time doing gay porn and having second thoughts?? I'm the biggest procrastinator, but NOT in the gay-porn way.

Not, that there's anything wrong with that..

March 19, 2009 @ 9:17 PM

Toronto Mike

In these tough economic times, we must pay the bills to keep the lights on...

Wait... maybe I can use candles and skip the gay porn thing.

Where's my helmet...

March 19, 2009 @ 9:18 PM


Scientists are still discussing global warming. Outside of that, the recession is doing the conservation for us. Demand for oil is down, no one's buying bloated houses, etc...

March 19, 2009 @ 11:17 PM


James: I wouldn't be surprised judging by your hatred of the RC Church.

Is it all true what they say about you guys?

March 20, 2009 @ 9:21 AM

James Edgar

I don't know who ThEY are so have no idea what they are saying. Actually i I don't even know who the freemasons are and seeing as you poted it I'll not bother to find out. Although if you don't like them I proably would.

I don't hate ant one church in particular. I don't like them all and in fact I think all religions are equally absurd . If I happen to comment on the catholic church it’s because that’s the discussion topic. In other places and other discussion my disdain for other the ones is quite evident.

Now about your Blogs URL? You still havn't posted it. Afraid are you?

March 20, 2009 @ 9:39 AM


James: I don't have a blog - but if I do get one I'll be sure to let you know.

You seem like such a stable, well adjusted person who doesn't need a religion. OK, now I'm just being funny.

March 20, 2009 @ 10:21 AM


Completely unrelated and it's coming from someone who's just interested in human behaviour, but do you guys post comments from work?

Just interested in how all these blog comments on Mike's site and Freddie's get posted during the day. Not to mention the volumes of comments on newspaper websites.

Just askin'.

March 20, 2009 @ 3:06 PM

Toronto Mike

Don't ask, don't tell.

That's the motto of the blogosphere.

March 20, 2009 @ 3:16 PM

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