Saturday 28 March 2009

Earth Hour's False Dilemma

Earth Hour 2009 is based on an unacceptable premise. Here's the premise in question: "Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming."

This false dilemma asserts that only 2 alternatives exist, when obviously there are more. While I agree with Earth Hour's theme in encouraging "government policies to take action against global warming", I do not agree with its unacceptable premise. There are people of all ages, nationalities, race and background who are against global warming but who may choose not (or perhaps have no choice in the matter) to use their light switch as their vote. So there!

Having said that, I wish the Earth Hour initiative, scheduled for Saturday March 28 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, every success in raising awareness in preparation for the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

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