Lifestyle Mar 25, 2019
EARTH HOUR: In our hour of need.
Tycoons rage across the planet. Lightning strikes destroy all in their path.
Tsunamis bring thousands of feet of water crashing on coastal cities.
Meanwhile, drought strikes previously temperate climates, no rain, just parched earth and the bleached bones of livestock no longer a livelihood.
This is a possible future; some of it has already come to pass. What might be the greatest challenge in all human history is facing us now. Our planet is undergoing catastrophic climate change.
The fact is, human made climate change started drastically increasing in the 19th Century, when the Industrial Revolution plumed enormous volumes of coal smoke into the atmosphere.
We look across space and see our twin sister. Her name? Venus. Almost the same size as us, the second planet in the solar system. Her atmosphere is inhospitable, a hot hell that may have once been an Eden. We’ve sent crafts to rove her surface. None survived contact longer than a few hours.
Was she once more like us? Did she once even harbour life? More importantly, are we destined to become like her if climate change remains unchecked?
Earth has had periods of severe climate changes, including numerous ice ages, where our ancestors survived by the wool of mammoth skin and the thankful discovery of fire. But climate change, as it is occurring now, seems to be all too swiftly affecting our world before we have time to adapt. We may not in time.
Which is why Earth Hour is so important. It is symbolic, true. In itself, it can’t change much. But what it does do is remind us of the cost of failure: failure to curb our society’s excesses.
Earth Hour is simple in concept. For those unfamiliar with it, Every March on a specific day determined by the WWF and the Earth Day organisation, everyone switches off all their lights for one hour.
This year, Earth Hour will be from 20:30 till 21:30 on Saturday 30 March. It’s possible with the load shedding currently happening, your involvement may not be voluntary.
Earth Hour, as an organisation, has quite lofty goals. It isn’t just about climate change, though that is the central focal point.
As they put it, it’s about celebrating the diversity on our planet.
And every year, countless species go extinct. By turning off our lights – all of us, all over the world – for one hour, we at least symbolically show we’re trying to keep our impact on the environment top-of-mind.
Will you be turning off your lights this year? Moreover, will you be taking climate change seriously enough to consider how we could be part of the solution, not just the problem?
One way to go about this is to educate oneself. Exclusive Books at the Mall is chockful of books on environmental science – education is the key to unlocking how we solve the crisis.
At Rosebank Mall, we take sustainability very seriously. We love our planet, and all its life, and encourage you to as well.
For now, Mother Earth is the only planet we’ve got. We need to treat her with reverence.