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Earth Day: Pointless

By MIKE M
Published: April 12, 2009

Earth Day is only good for one thing: Superficial Awareness. People will learn more about the concept of Earth Day and might look into it.

Nevertheless, superficial awareness is not what we are looking for. People may "approve" of the idea of Earth Day, but they may not necessarily understand it. They shut off their lights in support, but it isn't practical.

Earth Day isn't practical because the big power producers and consumers will will not embrace it. Let's say the majority of the inhabitants of any given city turned off their lights, would that save energy? No! It'd be a big waste of energy since the power-plants won't shut down just to support it. Big corporations won't either since it'd be bad for business. And think about all the necessary facilities require continuous energy: banks, hospitals, airports, police and fire departments, and the list goes on!

Furthermore, people will not all of a sudden embrace power saving habits just by participating in it. If one doesn't shut down and unplug their computers when not in use for long periods of time (such as when you're sleeping), then you aren't helping the cause (never mind your budget).

Being Greener is not necessarily to be supported by the individual. Being Greener (which, according to some, includes energy conservation) is to be pushed by the corporations. Collectively, the people might be able to save the help the cause; the corporation have enough power to push ideas, concepts and practices onto people.

However, it is true that Earth Day helps awareness and people curious enough about it will look more into it. People's curiosity is the only thing that will get them attracted to a concept. All Earth Day advocates need to do is make the stories captivating and the advertisement shiny! But don't lose hope people! Google has caught on!

Comments

1. bay on April 13, 2009

I think you're over-simplifying things somewhat. Earth Day is a concept, like you said, and it makes people think about what they are doing each day and how they are affecting the earth we live in. The more you can awake people's conciousness, the more they are likely to start making a difference. I totally agree that it's going to take big corporations to really make things happen. But (to quote Paul Kelly) from little things, big things grow. We are the little things, and we can start by letting the corporations know that we are thinking and deciding for ourselves.

2. jsmithconsult on April 15, 2009

The editoriral comment is, of course, is your opinion and one that touches many frustrated people who want to do more individually. I would have liked to seen a few quotes, statistics, etc. to support your opinion but you conveyed it simply and well. I agree with bay via Paul Kelly, that in a utopian world, if everone took the little steps it just might be, over time, the catalyst to spark a big change. Also, I get a bit confused as this seems to be a blog, which I enjoyed.

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