Sydney's iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge went dark Saturday night as the world's first major city turned off its lights for this year's Earth Hour, a global campaign to raise awareness of climate change.That's right; it's our turn to point out that this effort is complete garbage. Here we have an attempt to meld a common sense position (don't waste energy) with little more than anti-human nihilism. The light bulb literally brings us out from the darkness and it has served as poignant symbol of human creativity and genius, yet here, the light bulb is turned into a symbol of depravity and destruction—and all on the basis of the environmentalist's creed that nature has an intrinsic value separate from man's life and the spectral claim of man-made doom.
A lightning show was the brightest part of Sydney's skyline during Earth Hour, which began at 8 p.m. when the lights were turned off at the city's landmarks. Most businesses and homes were already dark as Sydney residents embraced their second annual Earth Hour with candlelight dinners, beach bonfires and even a green-powered outdoor movie.
"This provides an extraordinary symbol and an indication that we can be part of the solution" to global warming, Australian Environment Minister Peter Garrett told Sky News television, standing across the harbor from the dark silhouette of the Opera House.
[. . . ] Following Australia, lights will go out in major Asian cities including Manila and Bangkok before moving to Europe and North America as the clock ticks on. One of the last major cities to participate will be San Francisco — home to the soon-to-be dimmed Golden Gate Bridge.
[. . .] Even popular search engine Google put its support behind Earth Hour, with a completely black page and the words: "We've turned the lights out. Now it's your turn." [Tanalee Smith, Associated Press Writer]
I say that the next time the environmentalists attempt to darken an American monument as a symbol of their movement we should light it back up emblazoned with an appropriate counter-message. Industry and technology vastly improves the quality of our lives and this world-wide push toward darkness shows just how desperately these values need to be defended.