Sunday, March 29, 2015

Earth Hour vs Human Achievement Hour

There's Christmas and Kwanzaa. There's Beltane and May Day. There are plenty of other holidays that happen in close proximity to one another, but could you say that any of them are competitive? Who says you have to pick one and not the other?

Meet Earth Hour, which was first celebrated in 2007. Earth Hour asked you to show appreciation for the Earth for one hour of one day by turning off your electronics and unnecessary lights, cutting back on driving and wastefulness. Sixty minutes, that's it. Is that too much to ask?

Apparently it is. Opponents to Earth Hour critiqued the movement, turning up their abuse of electricity and other resources in protest. They pushed the statement that "I worked hard to pay for my shit, so if I want to turn everything on at once, I can and will" (as if they weren't already doing this for the other 8764 hours of the year). Thus began Human Achievement Hour.

I'm not saying you should celebrate one or the other. I'm saying it's rediculous to have a competition over one measly hour. It's not about the hour, it's about how you choose to live your life, and if you want to be a materialist who squanders the beauty of the Earth for your own short-lived gain, then so be it. Just don't infringe on my opportunity to go the other way.

And let it be known that I celebrated both this year: I turned on all the lights on my bicycle and went out for a ride.