The Herald calls for photos of Earth Hour

Yes, that’s right! Not only can you get your eco-friendly electricity photos from Earth Hour published on the Anti Earth Hour blog, you may be able to get them into the Herald! They require a comment with every photo…

I’ve submitted the photo of our house, with the following message:

We thought long and hard about the most environmentally friendly way to light our house for earth hour. Candles were out of the question, the carbon emissions are too high (most are made from parrafin wax, derived from oil) and they produce polluting smoke that I wouldn’t want my young son to be breathing. We’ve been lectured for years now about the dangers of second-hand smoke. Torches were just as bad, as disposable batteries are toxic and use a large amount of energy to produce, having higher CO2 emissions than mains electricity.

Furthermore both candles and batteries are mainly made in China these days, and the emissions from transport must also be taken into account. Candles are also a fire hazard, and because of their inefficiency are far more expensive than electricity.

So we finally settled on NZ-made renewable hydro-electricity as the lowest-emission, most eco-friendly way to light our house.

Update: The photo is on the Herald website, along with another dissenting one by Dave Mann.

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2 Responses to “The Herald calls for photos of Earth Hour”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    Looks like you’ve gone to more effort over Earth Hour than most participants. You could just ignore it you know. For one thing, it’s a little graceless from one of the top 10 NZ Christian blogs on public discourse.

  2. Mr Dennis Says:

    Nothing wrong with putting a bit of effort into exposing nonsense. The biggest problem with Earth Hour is that it makes people feel that they are “helping” the environment when at best they are doing nothing for it, and at worst they may be damaging it and distracting themselves from doing things that would actually help the environment. It is important, in my mind, to show such foolishness up for what it is.

    I have no idea what this has to do with grace or Christianity, it’s just common sense. If you want to bring the “top 10” blogs into it, have a poke around what they’ve actually been writing – most of them have a similar view to myself and have written so. But it’s nothing to do with Christianity, many secular blogs agree also.


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