The global warming crowd chooses propaganda symbols that admit they are anti-technology and anti-civilization.
There was a time when it got really dark at night. In the Bible you catch a glimpse of it (pun unintended) in the story of how Ruth came to Boaz at night and was completely unrecognizable to him at close range. Unless the sky was clear and the moon was full, the dark of the night was pitch black.
But God blessed the human race with brains that could study, innovate and make life better. Eventually, new resources were discovered to make light at night more affordable. Eventually, electricity began to be used and Thomas Edison invented the light bulb (or perhaps won the race to the patent office with the idea; I’m not sure).
Now consider this headline at The Guardian: “Earth hour: millions will switch off lights around the world for climate action.”
The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, has said hundreds of millions of Earth hour participants around the world will demand a strong global climate agreement by switching off their lights for an hour on Saturday night.
Many of the world’s brightest lights will go dark at 8:30pm (GMT) as Earth hour marks its ninth year. In a video address, Ban said the symbolic switching-off held more significance than ever, just nine months before a pivotal UN meeting on the climate crisis in Paris.
“Climate change is a people problem. People cause climate change and people suffer from climate change. People can also solve climate change. This December in Paris, the United Nations is bringing nations together to agree a new, universal and meaningful climate agreement. It will be the culmination of a year of action on sustainable development,” said Ban.
More than 7,000 cities in 172 countries are expected to take part in the world’s largest ever demonstration, which has grown from a single World Wildlife Fund (WWF) event in Sydney in 2007.
“Earth Hour shows what is possible when we unite in support of a cause: no individual action is too small, no collective vision is too big. This is the time to use your power,” said Ban.
Organisers said this year’s demonstration would be the biggest yet. Sudhanshu Sarronwala, chair of Earth Hour global said: “Climate change is not just the issue of the hour, it’s the issue of our generation. The lights may go out for one hour, but the actions of millions throughout the year will inspire the solutions required to change climate change.”
What “solutions” are being promoted with a symbolic hour of darkness? It is almost universal among human cultures to associate progress and intelligence and salvation with light. Yet the “Earth Hour” ceremony is about one thing: darkness.
So what are you going to do on “Earth Hour.” Are you going to offer the demon Gaia a token of technology, progress, and civilization?
Of course, the ruling class is ready to pretend that they will support the sacrifice, when in fact, once the climate change regime is in place, the burden will be on the backs of the middle class.
Some the world’s most famous landmarks will turn their lights out. The UN building in New York will join London’s Houses of Parliament, Rio de Janeiro’s Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. In Bulgaria a giant Danube sturgeon fish will be drawn in fire in the capital, Sofia. Millions of other, more humble, participants will take part by simply switching from electricity to candlelight for an hour.
Believe me, once the climate change agreement is passed, if we are unable to defeat it, we will find that the anti-technology imperative doesn’t apply to any UN buildings.
Then we will learn: it is only for the little people to live in darkness.