Eco-Friendly Efforts to Persist after Earth Hour 2012

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After the recent Earth Hour festivities, questions are being raised with regards to the effectiveness of the endeavor. Envirotips.com weighs in on the topic with a recently published post and reinforces its recycling campaign by presenting an infographic depicting the waste disposal scenario in conjunction with the recycling efforts in the US.

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What’s awareness if it doesn’t bring forth changes? Do Earth Hour participants take away from that one hour of being unplugged a conviction to reform their ways? Do they go home from the party with the intent to green their lifestyle?

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Earth Hour has come and gone once again. For an hour on March 30, 2012, the major landmarks of the world turned off their lights alongside many neighborhoods around the world in a symbolic gesture of energy conservation. The event has met with criticism and lately, even those who participated in the past are voicing doubts as to its effectiveness in raising awareness. Environment-oriented site Envirotips.com has published a short article tackling the Earth Hour situation. It also currently features and infographic presenting the some of the lifestyle changes the movement should motivate.

“Earth hour is a good concept,” Marnie Stratford of Envirotips.com states. “Those guys in Sydney who started it managed to spread awareness. The local demonstration turned into a global event, but it has since taken on a life of its own. Instead of people symbolically turning off their power source for an hour, it turned into this happening and fashionable event. Now, it’s like ‘Hey, what are you doing for Earth Hour?’ Instead of ‘stargazing with the kids in the backyard’ or ‘playing a board game with friends by candlelight,’ the answer is frequently ‘Partying at this landmark’s Earth Hour event sponsored by this fat-cat corporation that hasn’t even adopted a recycle program, let alone, an EMS (environmental management system) to follow.’ I mean, Earth Hour has turned into something like New Year’s Eve or Woodstock.”

Indeed, criticism has been coming from various sources. The Earth Hour festivities at the Great Wall of China were pointed out as something that totally defeated the whole purpose of the event. Instead of saving energy for that hour, that particular evening saw much more energy used up than the usual at this normally dark and quiet place at night.

“Then again, there’s also the purpose of it,” continues Ms. Stratford. “What’s awareness if it doesn’t bring forth changes? Do Earth Hour participants take away from that one hour of being unplugged – not even totally unplugged for many – a conviction to reform their ways? Do they go home from the party with the intent to green their lifestyle?”

Envirotips.com advocates a planet-friendly way of life. It regularly features articles about the latest green technology and furnishes enviro tips on adopting a more eco-conscious lifestyle. “We at Envirotips.com support any effort to raise awareness about the planet,” clarifies Ms. Stratford. “We recognize the intent of the people behind Earth Hour and commend it; however, perhaps they have to regroup and find a way to make the campaign more effective and less commercial.”

In the meantime, Envirotips.com continues to urge its users to diminish their carbon footprint by following the reducing-reusing-recycling code. An infographic on the site helps give better insight as to the improvement needed in the general effort to recycle. Click here to see it.

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