Pointless climate gestures of the week

Switch 'em back on

Yes, it’s that time again, where everyone in the entire universe [surely some mistake?] switches off their lights for sixty minutes in the utterly pointless gesture that we all know as Earth Hour. The Sydney Morning Herald is a sponsor of this nonsense, so they’re plugging it for all its worth:

Earth Hour will again encourage people to turn off lights this Saturday at 8.30pm to raise awareness of climate change.

From humble beginnings in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to become an international event, with famous locations like Times Square and the Eiffel Tower joining in last year. Millions of people in more than 80 nations are expected to participate this year. (source)

Just to demonstrate the global commitment to this, here’s a photo from Times Square (one of the locations mentioned above), showing the huge difference Earth Hour 2009 made there:

Spot the one missing bulb

So as usual, ACM is asking all its readers to use as much electricity as possible during Earth Hour to cancel out the efforts of thousands of hippies sitting in the dark. Maybe we could even get an upwards blip in the power usage – now that would be funny!

"Bonkers" doesn't come close

Whilst we’re on the subject of pointless gestures, the announcer on ABC Classic FM annoyingly drew my attention to some “artist” who has put a metal sculpture on an iceberg (no, really):

By creating a gigantic and unprecedented art project, cool(E)motion™ wants to re-engage the public on the topic of climate change. It wants to do so in a positive manner, contrary to the fault-finding impulses or the accusing finger.

We will demonstrate the inextricable link between climate and culture and visualize what the consequences of that link are. To illustrate this we will travel into the areas around the North Pole. The impressive dynamic natural elements that are typical of this area speak to everyone’s imagination: a virginal white stage with unimaginable forces, such as rapidly receding glaciers, floating icebergs, drifting ice. On these dynamic stages we will place huge sculptures, which derive their inspiration from the local culture. These almost majestic sculptures will be propelled by their stages at high speeds toward their final destruction. In order to reach our audience with this magnificent theatrical drama, we will broadcast it live into people’s living rooms.

Because cool(E)motion™ is very concerned about the effects of climate change moving south, we will give the very first victims of climate change a voice: the Inuit, a group of people who currently have no voice. Their story can become ours. But Inuit culture has always dealt with adaptation to harsh circumstances. Because our culture is based on more stable circumstances, we are not used to short-term change. We, with our more structured culture, will have a tougher time. But nonetheless, climate change means culture change.

You can sample the full barminess of this here.


  1. The Inuit? You mean the same people who have been observing ever increasing numbers of polar bears? The same people who have also been observing changes in climate for thousands of years and are wondering what the fuss is all about?

    I find it so ironic that some think we need to give a voice to those who don’t think they even need it. They’re rather like missionaries: doling out their own “faith” to those who are quite happy with their own.

  2. I will not be altering my energy usage for or against earth hour. It is hypocrisy on a grand scale, and I will not be wasting energy just to “prove a point”.
    When TV stations, particularly climate collectives, ABC and SBS stop broadcasting for an hour, I will be prepared to respect them for their views, misguided though they are.

  3. “So as usual, ACM is asking all its readers to use as much electricity as possible during Earth Hour to cancel out the efforts of thousands of hippies sitting in the dark”

    Hang the expense, you can Count me in Simon. I’m literally buzzing with exitment over this. Angry hippies please feel free to come and tell me at my house of your rad feelings. My place will be easy to find! Looook to the light man.

  4. Now we can pray for global warming to melt the icebergs and sink these silly “sculptures” to the bottom of the sea.

  5. G’day ACM –

    I have included a reference to your campaign on our Climate Sceptics Agmates pages:




  6. JennyinOz says:

    H.A.H. is a better idea!

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