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Earth Hour controversy

Earth Hour takes place in North America and other countries around the world to help promote environmental awareness on Saturday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m. In honor of Earth Hour, people are encouraged to turn off their lights and avoid using electricity for an hour.

It’s a great universal effort as it’s a day for everyone to get creative to help raise awareness and provide support to victims of climate change. However, there is still skepticism as to whether or not turning off the electricity actually produces energy savings over the course of an hour. Many electrical items require more power to turn them on and off than they emit when left idle.

Environmentalists and members of electricity system operators claim these concerns are unfounded. They don’t present firm data to compare electricity consumption if lights remained on, versus what it takes to turn them off and put them back on. Though, they do address the belief that it will cause a power surge that will cause a system overload by saying it just won’t happen.

There may still be questions about whether or not turning out the lights is environmentally beneficial, or if it’s a wasteful gesture, but other initiatives have benefits that are undeniable. Cities around the world are running events to go toward environmental charities, collecting clothing and food for people affected by climate change and replenishing environmental degradation by planting trees and returning other living things to the environment.

Please share your thoughts on Earth Hour! What are your plans?