Why are you for or against #EarthHour2013?
MANILA, Philippines - Earth Hour is a global lights out movement that seeks to raise awareness about climate change and its impact on the planet.
Launched in 2007, it is now an annual event in over 150 countries. Earth Hour 2013 will be held on March 23 from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM in Manila.
Are you for or against it?
Is it a waste of time and energy or a powerful symbol for unified efforts to protect the planet? Is it merely feel-good environmentalism or a real catalyst for change? By taking a long, hard look at the advocacies in our society, we elevate the discussion from mere acceptance to commitment born out of discernment.
Points for Earth Hour
It’s a symbolic event to raise awareness about climate change. It’s a chance for people across continents and cultures to make a unified stand against climate change.
Encouraging individuals to make small eco-friendly changes in their lifestyle aggregates into social change and a change in mindset.
While laws can be effective and can be pursued alongside Earth Hour, the desire and commitment to lead more sustainable lifestyles must come from the people themselves.
Points Against Earth Hour
The electric consumption reduced is very minimal. It won’t be enough to save the planet.
It’s feel-good environmentalism that trivializes the complex issue of climate change and makes people complacent and content to help in “little ways” instead of looking at the big picture.
Laws for the environment and the top-down approach are more effective in combating climate change and its effects.
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