But I dislike such symbolic acts, for a number of reasons. They have little or no value long term and work very much as a diversion, for the true issues that should be discussed in such a context, drawing the attention away from the true problem, not bringing attention to it. It is humanity’s energy needs that must be heavily reduced, not merely its use. We must return to the age, thousands of years ago, when we hardly made more than a few footprints on the planet during our lifetime.
Today we’re all destroyers. By more or less actively participating in a society that is slowly destroying all life on Earth, we’re committing collective suicide.
When we start discussing within such drastic parameters, instead of hollering in joy over such purely symbolic acts like Earth Hour it will be the start of something truly helpful.
Several other articles about the same subject on Midnight Fire:
What's wrong with civilization?
Tailspin suicide run
The World Grinder
Living in the wild
The technological glorification of technology