Monday, 17 March 2008

Lights out


Earth hour 8pm March 29th. We are all being asked to turn off non-essential lights for one hour. The event is intended to serve as a symbol that each one of us, working together, can make an impact upon global warming (and our own power bills). You can sign up here.



Whats your carbon footprint? Mine is 6.76 tonnes a year. Which apparently is quite low as i don't have a car or pass wind as much as a cow!! (My friends may say otherwise)






Out of the 8,766 hours in a year, let's give one back to the Earth.

65 comments:

Chris H said...

Would you believe the government here in New Zealand tried to introduce a "FART TAX" on farmers for the gases made by their cows! Needless to say they did not succeed... madness.

MOTHER OF MANY said...

According to POSITIVE PROOF OF GLOBAL WARMING, I am still in the 50's!

Inthemud said...

I'll be doing Earth hour on 29th

Iteresting blog!

Elissa said...

The 'Positive Proof of Global Warming'... I'm a bit stuck in time too... I'm wondering what the next piece of evidence may be (or lack of)!?!

buffalodickdy said...

Good post today! I'll put this event on my calendar...

Rosie said...

I'm still living in the 1980's then

laughingwolf said...

i told my kids long ago: turn the lights off, burn daylight!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Referring to Chris H's comment, I wouldn't be surprised if our British Government tried to introduce Fart Tax on farmers. They are introducing every other tax for farmers.

I do like the knicker line, Casdok. Was trying to think which decade I prefer. The 1990's and 2006 ones just get stuck in the wrong place so I think I'm a 1970's gal myself. Not that I hang my knickers on the washing line.

Great post.
C xx

baby~amore' said...

that is a classic - rofl
I love the proof but I am not that hawt ! ...living in 80's
I signed up the other day - we use compact fluoros too.
My Little Drummer boys

captain corky said...

Sounds like a good idea! My Gas and Electric Bill is out of f#$%ing control!!!

Phil Plasma said...

I'll sign up for the power off at the Earth Hour, I just hope I remember.

Marla said...

Apparently I am living as if I think there are two and a half extra planets at my disposal. That is bad news for me since we have one car, shop at the Coop whenever possible, etc. Hmmmm...I need to think of more things we can do.

It was because of your post on plastic bags that we purchased recycled cotton bags on http://www.reusablebags.com/
We love them! We are trying but according to the footprint questionaire not hard enough.

I love that picture of the progressive changes in underwear over time. Too funny!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

If I turn off my lights for one hour, how will I see to blog? :)

Just kidding, this seems like an easy thing to do. I'm in!

Hallie
http://wonderfulworldofweiners.blogspot.com/

Cait O'Connor said...

Good post indeed, I will follow up your links.

Talking of which

If you go to the Purplecoo Common Room I have posted a link to a Radio 4 piece on Autism that may well interest you and others if you missed it.

Caitx

Angela said...

LOL!!!! I love the global warming picture and the end comic is priceless! Thanks for passing on such a great message!

Seamus said...

I just took the carbon footprint analysis and now I been kicked off the planet! Here I thought I was doing good! Farewell!!!!!

WomensDaily said...

Great post! People could never do enough to conserve energy.

Maddy said...

I did the carbon footprint thingy about a year ago [I don't dare reveal the results!]
Cheers

nitebyrd said...

I remember celebrating the very first Earth Day in New York City. Since then I've tried to make a difference. I'll be participating in Earth Hour, too.

R.E.H. said...

I'm actually a good guy... I never leave lights on that I don't need.

I do have the computer running all day, however - regardless of using it or not... maybe I'll shut it off for an hour on the 29th.

Love that first pic though...

Tom Foolery said...

Great post, fetching underwear, love Crystal's comment re:fart tax TFX

Ron said...

Thanks for the post, Casdok...I had no idea about this...very cool!

Well...I don't have a car either, however, the DO pass wind quite often. So...I must be somewhere in between!?!?

Enjoy your day!

P.S. It's been quite WINDY here today!

Melissa said...

I don't wear a thong, but I'm totally in on the Earth's Hour!

Special Needs Mama said...

Thanks for the links. I'm afraid to find out my carbon footprint. I bet it's huge...

Traceytreasure said...

I LOVE, Love, love, candlelight! I might be turning off my lights for more than an hour and more than once a month! Yes, I have fire insurance! Thanks for finding me! I won't however be wearing a thong. I don't care how hot it gets!

leslie said...

I did the carbon footprint quiz and ended up at 10.25 which seems high to me. I live alone, don't drive too much (we don't have trains at our disposal like you have in England) and walk to the village as much as possible if I don't need to carry too much home. I turn off lights and the TV when not watching it and keep my furnace down. I'll put on a sweater if I'm cool rather than turning up the gas furance. I also started using those new light bulbs. It was suggested that I buy more locally produced food and I do that except for a few items that are brought in from California or South America. I also buy certain fruits/berries/vegies etc. that are locally produced but frozen. Also, I recycle newspapers, cardboard, plastics, and glass so I'm not quite sure what else to do...

Since my daughter moved out a year ago, I have received a credit of over $120.00 Cdn and my gas bill has gone done $15.00 a month. I think that shows something good I've been doing. This was an interesting post to get people thinking more about what they/we can do to protect the environment.

Mima said...

I'll stand proud and admit that I wear a thong - probably not as small as the 2006 one though! I have put a note in my diary for Earth Hour, what a great idea.

DJ Kirkby said...

I joined up

Billy said...

Fun photo ... and timely post. I've got the date marked!

A Bishops wife said...

Apparently I am not as good of a girl as I thought. They say I am using 2 and a half planets and we only have one! Shucks.

I am a big "Turn those lights off" person. It drives me nuts...especially at night. I do not like people looking in. They are so nosey.

We should start a recycoling project for the kids. They could recycle one item. That would be a start.

Kahless said...

I am well impressed you dont own a car. My household only has one which I thought was good.

Ian Lidster said...

I love the initial illustration, but you knew I would.

J said...

Loved that first photo, but didn't I hear that bloomers are coming back in style? (lol). Will have to ask my hubby about March 29. He's not quite as environmentally minded as I am. He does like candles though...

motherx said...

Thats one thing we will have to work on. Boys are always leaving lights on and taps running. Very expensive!

KAREN said...

We grew up being told to turn the lights off when we left a room, and I've instilled that in my children!

Vi said...

lights out wont be hard for me, I've usually got them out at that time anyway watching dvd's in the dark with the kids!

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Count me in.

I love the cartoon!

Holding It Together said...

Love the "positive proof" picture. My carbon footprint is way too high; I definitely need to work on that.

Thanks for visiting my blog, Casdok.

Maddie Moon said...

Oh, if only I could fit into that itsy-bitsy thong!
I've marked the date and the hour on the calendar, what a great idea.

Jennifer said...

I keep meaning to post about this Lights Out Hour too -- thank you for the reminder. And how cool that it's getting international attention! Awesome.

Oh, and...I'm an 80s gal, myself. *grin*

the mother of this lot said...

I'm already signed up for this.

ChainingMagic said...

The underwear pic was sooo funny and your post very true. I've been reading your blog a long time. As a mom with 3 auties, I thank you for your words of encouragement and experience.

Odat said...

Ok, I'll play hide and seek with my dog on March 29th! ;-)
Peace

Motherhood for Dummies said...

It is hard living in Alaska and agreeing with global warming...here we are freezing, we have PLENTY of land, animals everywhere, and no signs of that changing. We up here kind of go...yea we take care of our planet...but getting warmer? We dont see it! :) I think Alaskans might pray for global warming :)

Dr.John said...

After this winter I am no longer convinced there is Global Warming.

slow panic said...

thanks for this post! we're signing up!

CrazyCath said...

Great post. Does it include the computers? No blogging for one whole hour??? What will I do???
*wails*

Love the knicker line. I'm with Crystal re the type although I'm more 80's. ;0) I don't hang mine out either...

monsoon-dreams said...

hi ,
interesting post!funny too:-)

PI said...

I've sold my car and we no longer fly, I walk locally when the weather allows, I don't use the dryer or dish washer and I try not to fart on the whole. But my motives are not totally altruistic I'm afraid.

Maggie May said...

That big pair on the left ..... is mine!

HelenMH said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Just thought I'd pop over and say hi. This is all interesting stuff!

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

I am all for reducing my carbon footprint and appreciate we have to start somewhere - but what difference will it make if I switch off a light (I still do it anyway) when there are huge nations with massive pollution problems which they are not prepared to do anything about. Countries where you cannot see for the smog . . . and countries where they are so affluent that they use massive amounts of energy to plant grass in the desert for no other reason than it looks good. With attitudes like that we are surely doomed anyway. And what if there is no global warning - what if the scientists have actually got it all wrong and this is just the way it goes. . . . sigh . . . I would be so wonderful if we really could all work together wouldn't it.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Hehehehehee....PANTS!!!!!!

Jennie said...

I'm signed up for the earth hour.
I did the carbon footprint but it fibs! LOL. I hardly eat meat, I walk everywhere, I recycle all the time, I buy locally. I don't own a car, I have all the house energy saving stuff (my landlady is a member of the green party and a counsellor) yet I am still using the resources of 2 and a half planets. I can't work it out myself, I think I'll just give up breathing and walk around naked. (although if not breathing, walking will be a bit of a disaster) It won't let me take it again! Blah.

Tattie Weasle said...

Signing up and catching up too! Would like to note that I too find the solace and peace I need on the loo....

Yolanda said...

I am supporting this also. I love the photo of the undies.

Patti said...

Looks like I'm livin' in the 1950s...
sigh

You don't have a car? Wow you must do a lot of walking

Casdok said...

Yep!!! :)

katy said...

yep i will do it!
and i just couldn't afford the FART TAX lol

Pink Icing said...

happy to join in anything to raise awareness.....

But Why? said...

Marvellous cartoon!

Get Off My Lawn! said...

All non-essential lights should be off every day. Don't get me started. Kind of like how everyone is more charitable around christmas. People are needy in mid-summer too. But if it raises awareness, it's all good.

FXSmom said...

I think if I was asked to put on the 2006 skivvies I might as well just go without. Ewww. Cool post :)

Angela said...

I say this is another benifit of being blind I don't use the lights as much

Andrea said...

Glad to see you addressing this since it is clearly our responsibility to take care of the world. If environmental factors have contributed to the increase in autism then haven't we made our own bed? Check out Oceanswavesbeaches.blogspot.com for more green info and news.