Hotel Zenith in Kuantan, Pahang, commemorated Earth Hour 2012 with candles in the shape of the number 60 to symbolise 60 minutes with the lights off. – Bernama
Don’t wait for one special day to do good for the planet. You can do it every day.
Once a year, come Earth Hour we think about doing something good for the environment. While it really is great that we care for our planet at least for one hour – an effort that definitely should be lauded – it is also important that we think about how to use the remaining 8,764 hours in the year to benefit Mother Nature.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t.
People are so accustomed to their relatively easy-going lifestyle that they only think about doing good for Mother Nature when an inconvenience occurs. Don’t believe us? Well, think about the times we have been in these situations:
We promise to conserve water only when the supply is cut, and we have to make do with a bucketful of water to shower with and it happens to be “hair wash day”.
We are only grateful for electricity when the power is out, and we step on a Lego brick in the darkness, trying to look for a candle all the while screaming bloody murder.
We wish for more trees only when we get into a car that has been parked under the blazing hot sun, praying that our first few minutes in the moving “oven” won’t be our last.
We think, we promise, we wish ... but there is one crucial thing that is missing out from this equation: do. And that is exactly what people need to do ... just “do” the things they know that are good for the environment.