3.28.2009

Earth Hour 2009 is fucking stupid

I refuse to participate in Earth Hour 2009. And the "why" is because it's fucking stupid.

It's just as stupid as Buy Nothing Day, and Don't Buy Gas Today Day, and all the other "It probably feels good to you to pretend you're making a difference for some cause you pretend to actually support, but what you're doing doesn't do any good whatsoever and you're an idiot for thinking it does" events that armchair activists come up with to create awareness of shit we just plain don't want to be aware of.

So what's happening here? For an hour, we're going to save enough energy to power ALL OF THE SHIT WE'RE TURNING OFF FOR AN HOUR, FOR ANOTHER HOUR? It's not like this one hour pause in energy consumption actually spares the Earth of our extreme raping of it. At the very best, it buys the Earth one extra hour before it falls apart and kills us all. Because after that hour is up and your heart is filled with good feelings about being so green you look like you're going to puke, you're going to turn back on the Blackberry and the laptop and the TV and see what exactly you missed during that hour. You're not going to give any of that shit up.

You're just going to go right back to what you were doing. Just like Buy Nothing Day does nothing but moves profit margins a day forward (what, you're not going to get anyone anything for Christmas?) and Don't Buy Gas Today Day just means you'll fill up tomorrow (what, you're not going to work/school/shopping/whatever again ever?).

Earth Hour is fucking stupid. How about Earth Lifetime? How about reducing your carbon emissions by riding your bike to work / the store / the gym permanently? How about unplugging the TV forever and reading books the rest of your life? How about no more Xbox or Playstation or Gameboy or PSP?

Right. Me neither. So fuck that, and fuck Earth Hour, and all other useless gestures that allow smug jackoffs to pretend they're actually making some sort of difference.