Monday, March 16, 2009

Earth Hour: Candle In the Wind

Earth Hour is coming this Saturday:
The town is officially endorsing this event and will be turning off non-essential lights (street lights will be on for safety), the Chamber of Commerce is urging its members to participate, and at 8:30 p.m. we will have a Bring-Your-Own-Candle-Lit celebration on the town common.

I kinda hate to even mention this (I feel like an old curmudgeon)... but most candles aren't very environmentally friendly. Even beeswax or soy candles aren't completely green; manufacturing and distributing them generates greenhouse gases.

If you're a bicycle-riding beekeeper who makes your own candles, more power to you! But if you're a typical Subaru-driving professional who buys paraffin Yankee Candles (buy local!), driving to the Earth Hour celebration and lighting a candle or two will probably do more harm than good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i enjoyed the earth hour by watching some NCAA basketball on my 52" plasma (well, old 19"), with a cup of hot tea, a bowl of microwaved popcorn in a toasty warm house (heated by oil to 65 degrees).