The existence of events like ‘earth day’ or ‘earth hour’ on their face seem to be silly. But equally so, some of the reactions to those days are equally ridiculous.
There are some opposed to the hype that suggest things such as having a huge BBQ or bonfire in protest, turning on all the lights in the house, driving a big SUV. Although the motivations as a response to what the ‘earth’ crowd creates as a ludicrous “condemnation of modern living” is understandable, is an equally ludicrous response really motivated in reaction to it?
What the ‘earth’ crowd is saying is in essence that we should feel ‘guilty’ about things happening to the environment. If I live my own life responsibly, and in doing so I do not encourage others (nor support others) that behave irresponsibly, then do I have anything to be guilty about?
With that said, this begs the question. If the ‘earth’ crowd really thinks that the existence of such a day is necessary, then why do you feel so ‘guilty’? Oh wait, but it’s not ‘their’ behavior they have a problem with – it’s yours.
I plan on both celebrating and protesting “earth hour” in the best possible way anyone with a dissenting voice can do it. I’m going to live my life the same as any other day and go about my business the same way I always do. Conscientious in knowing that I live my life responsibly without a need for a symbolic ‘hour’ to make me feel that I do.
To do otherwise is to agree to the assertion that our every day lives are in fact immoral, that our use of technology conscientiously ‘is’ irresponsible. So should anyone ask what you are doing for ‘earth hour’, turn the question back around on them and ask them ‘why’ they feel ‘they’ need to change ‘their’ behavior – what is it normally, outside of ‘earth hour’ that you are doing to the earth the rest of us should be concerned about?