Some say that Christchurch is the only Peoples' Republic in New Zealand. It's not true; there are now 36 others vying for the title of dopiest conglomerate of humans on the planet.
Just to be clear, Earth Hour is a pointless exercise, because:
- The Earth is fine, actually
- One hour of non-essential appliances will make no different when there are 8759 other hours in the year
- Much of our electricity is hydro anyway, particularly at this time of the year
In fact Earth Hour attracts the very worst of the 'we must do something' brigade. I don't want to lay it too heavily on these vacuous hang-wringers, but they need to be told. Listen, half wits, if you want to worry about something, worry about the systematic collapse of Zimbabwe's economy or the likelyhood of UK economic collapse. Even concern yourself with the amount of lettuce in your local outlet's Big Mac or the likelihood of your middle daughter getting a part in the school play! Anything but Earth Hour.
Think about it for just 10 second - there are much weightier concerns.
True to form, this rent-a-dope loopyness has roped several dopes. There is an array of high profile figures. In fact, 'high profile' as a term appears 3 times in the article. It is a shame that high profile doesn't mean high functioning.
Earth Hour is a primary school response to a secondary school problem. Earth Hour was in fact the catalyst to me starting this blog. Sadly it seems that people haven't learned anything.
But the rest of us continue to learn plenty about Environmentalism. As a collation of mystic prophesies, pseudo-science, doom-saying prophesies (many self-fulfilling) and happy clappy do-something-quick Simpson-like 'will someone PLEASE think of the children' meaningless action, it eclipses most other religions in its fervour and transparent lunacy.
I suppose some good comes out of it - after all, at least our children will be able to have a good laugh about it in years to come. 'Did you know that at the turn of the century they used to turn off their lights for an hour to save the planet?' No...really?
Those in the know can have a bit of a chuckle right now.
PS: The Warehouse doesn't sell fairy lights at this time of the year - you did remember to buy them at Christmas, didn't you? About 300 lights should indicate your contempt for Earth Hour, more will just make you look as obsessive as them. Above all, no power tools running on the footpath, please. Think of the neighbours, who will be unable to locate the culprit in the dark and will blame it on boy racers. You might get your car crushed.