50 million people were expected to participate in Earth hour 2017 and many switch their lights off for an hour to save electricity while the res
ult remains nothing. Experts around the world are having a different opinion on earth hour .
According to Colin Butfield, (head of campaigns at WWF) Earth hour is not about saving energy but to raise awareness of the environmental issues like global warming. But in doing so, earth hour is said to have some serious effects that are more harmful than good.
A science journalist and blogger ,Maggie Koerth Baker said “ I don’t think people actually get the true message behind this popular event. Even though the official goals of earth hour aren’t bad ,it creates big problems and one of them is certainly the temporary uptick in emissions. When everybody turns their lights on back at the end of the hour, coal and gas power stations might need an extra push to meet the sudden increase in demand.”
In her opinion the solutions to our energy problems don’t start with individuals turning off their lights .They start with public policy the only force that can actually bring a change in infrastructure and shared system works.
Even Ross Hayman of the National Grid said that the best thing for climate change would be for people to insulate their homes and turn their appliances off at night time.
Another expert James Miller ,managing director of sustainable lighting company Greenled says “ when the lights come back there is enormous strain and thrust on national grid resulting in more consumption and emission.”
Mr Miller also said that energy companies always retain spare capacity and will continue to produce electricity at the same time during that hour long and end up with a loss of millions of tonnes of energy due to lack of demand.
People turn their lights off for nothing while the damage it causes might have short term effects. Finding ways to save energy and reducing the consumption of fossil fuel might significantly reduce the carbon emissions and could gradually slow down global warming.
Terry Macko ,a senior vice president of marketing and communications at World Wildlife Fund also said that aside from turning off the lights ,the organisation itself urges people to support this global movement by changing their Facebook profile pictures , donating Facebook feed and turning into some live performances .