Isn't is disgraceful that the Christchurch City Council feels it has funds to splash around for this pointless exercise in environmentalist hand-wringing? The CCC is not the only culprit.
This comes from the idea that councils tell us what to do, instead of vice versa. Council's are captured by silly interest groups like the WWF, which now seems to do little else than bang on about global warming. Council staff no doubt spend hours if not days in meetings at ratepayers' expense, talking and planning all this rubbish.
Worse, a google search shows some 6000 hits for earth hour in the NZ government domain, which includes central government and councils.
Someone should answer to this. Even in good times this is a hopeless indulgence for publicly-funded bodies. At a time when people are losing their jobs, the economy is under stress and everyone is looking at savings, it is a disgrace.
Finally, what are we doing with a 'sustainability' web site. This is funded by the government! What is the definition of sustainability?
Living sustainably means living smarter. This site will help you reduce your impact on the environment and save money, without compromising your lifestyle. You'll find useful tips on how best to use energy and water, and what to do with your rubbish.
It's not like any other definition I have read. It is so vague as to encourage everyone to want it.
Of course, the sharp end of 'sustainability' is just lovely too. Forcing people out of cars and into public transport has no impact on your lifestyle. Neither does having to sort your rubbish and manage three separate, stinking, bins. Massive electricity price hikes due to lack of generation (another environmentalist cause) has no impact either. Living cheek-by-jowl in high density housing caused by green-belt restructions is just part of the fun.
It would a remarkable experience to think like an environmentalist for a day, if you can call it thinking. Really is it just mindlessly following along with what you are told. That is why the environmentalists focus so much attention on primary school. Get them while they are young.
Environmentalism has its place, just like Hinduism and Islam. But like other religions, the state should be very careful spending money on it.