|Earth Hour: Lights on or lights off?|
That's one reason why Delhi environmental activist Nagraj Adve leaves his lights on in silent protest during Earth Hour. Adve's Earth Hour guest post here last year resulted in a few angry emails, but it clearly touched a nerve: it was re-run in all kinds of places and ended up in the Green Light Dhaba's all-time top-ten most-read list.
Whatever you feel about Earth Hour, do read Adve's post--it will make you think, whether you agree with him or not. And while you are thinking about light consumption, take a look at "Earth at Night" to find out which countries send the most light into space. (There's a lot of light coming from India, but not when you consider the population here; roughly 400 million Indians don't have access to electricity; for them, every hour is Earth Hour.)
I've put together a list of our best posts on greenwash. We're not against symbols here at the dhaba; hey, we just ran a World Water Day Special last week. But symbolic actions are intended to make us think. And Earth Hour is a great time to think about the dangers of greenwash. So read a few of these...you won't be disappointed, and it probably won't even take you a full hour.
The Best of the Dhaba: Greenwash
False advertising: Priyanka Chopra: do we really need role models like this?
Tell it like it is... A phrase I hate: brand ambassador
Annoying little things: Top 5 Commonwealth Games Pet Peeves
Antidote: The Story of Electronics: best known cure for the 'green paper fetish'
Hard to believe: Flyovers reduce emissions and other examples of Delhi greenwash
Should've been: Breaking News: Leak Reveals Chief Minister Dikshit is Planning Major Green Policy Shifts