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Earth Hour In 3D: Dim, Dark and Dopey–Tony Thomas

January 17, 2017

By Paul Homewood




Tony Thomas has an excellent essay over at Quadrant about the upcoming Earth Hour:


World Wide Fund for Nature (Australia) is gearing up for its tenth idiotic Earth Hour at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 25. Once again it will be urging people to turn off lights  (but not fridges, freezers, TVs, dishwashers, computers, aircons and smart-phones). If WWF is aware that satellite data shows no atmospheric warming for the past 18 years, that information figures nowhere in its literature.

Of course, any large-scale lights-off actually increases CO2 emissions because generators have to do inefficient ramping-up of power when the lights go on again. Such quibbles have never worried   WWF.

Earth Hour is run by national manager Anna Rose. She is co-founder and former head of the Youth Climate Coalition, and spouse of Simon Sheik, former national director of GetUp, failed Greens candidate and, most recently, promoter of a fossil-fuel-free superfund.[1] Rose claims, on the basis of sample surveys from consultancy AMR, that a quarter (nearly 6m) of the Australian population took part in Earth Hour 2016.[2] That’s a big call. In 2015, she was claiming one in three Australians (7.7m)  took part in 2014.

The media-savvy WWF has been theming its annual Earth Hours. Last year’s theme was “Protect the Aussie places we love” with sub-texts about global warming destroying the Barrier Reef by 2050 and other alarmist mantras (the Reef made it safely through previous eras of strong warming). The 2017 Earth Hour theme is “the voice of the future generation”, taking into overdrive WWF’s propaganda assault in schools.

WWF’s partner in the schools’ Earth Hour exercise is Cool Australia, a green/left outfit founded and run by Jason Kimberley of the  wealthy Just Jeans clan. Cool Australia claims more than 52,000 educators whose lessons reached more than 1,050,000 students in 2016. (It is a national scandal that schools have become such hotbeds of green/left indoctrination).

The Cool Australia material has much in common with the views of the Left Renewal faction of the Greens Party, and its “fight to bring about the end of capitalism”.  Cool’s anti-capitalism curriculum is based on the rantings of far-left Canadian author Naomi Klein and her agitprop book, This Changes Everything.  Klein  views conventional green policies as way too conservative. Her goal is to marshall a green activist horde to subvert Western civilisation at grassroots level.

Cool Australia offers Years 9 and 10 no fewer than ten lesson units based on the Klein book and video. One lesson, for example, is titled,“This changes everything – climate change vs capitalism”. Cool Australia counsels the kiddies, “…an opportunity for a new economic model that accounts for both people and the planet in a just and sustainable way.” The film of the same title has Klein saying, “I’ve spent six years wandering through the wreckage caused by the carbon in the air and the economic system that put it there.” A title comes up, “Capitalism” with a voiceover, “We are going in completely the wrong direction.” It ends with a narrator’s question: “What if global warming is not only a crisis? What if it is the best chance you are ever going to get to build a better world? Change or be changed!”


Read the full essay here.

  1. tom0mason permalink
    January 17, 2017 1:24 pm

    Surely South Australians do not need more ‘earth hour’ events as the electricity suppliers already do that automatically for them. 😉

    • January 17, 2017 1:45 pm

      They must like surprises in SA.

      • Graeme No.3 permalink
        January 17, 2017 9:23 pm

        We are getting very sick and tired of them.
        The obvious thing is happening, a run on diesel generators. I know of 3 local commercial establishments that have installed a 37.5kV, a 140kV and “bigger than the last so we can run everything”. That in (English terms) a village.
        Whether that helps reduce emissions I doubt.

  2. Graeme No.3 permalink
    January 17, 2017 9:27 pm

    Paul, thank you for the reminder of the date. I’ve never observed Earth Hour and I think that most Australians haven’t either. The claim that one third of Australians observe it I would regard as unlikely. Even years ago when I lived in the big smoke it was hard to see any action.

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      January 17, 2017 9:52 pm

      Several cities seem to be called “The Big Smoke” but am curious as to which you mean?

      • Graeme No.3 permalink
        January 18, 2017 10:59 am

        Sydney, but in Australia it could also refer to any of the capital cities outside of Tasmania.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      January 17, 2017 10:06 pm

      I try never to miss it. Lovely to see the house and garden all lit up with every light turned on. Just think that maybe in the future in the UK if we all take part we might crash the grid.

  3. John F. Hultquist permalink
    January 17, 2017 9:45 pm

    This year ‘EH’ is 25th of March. About 66 days.
    That’s out far enough that I can do some cutting of dead trees and brush and get a few piles ready to put a match to that night.
    The suggested start time is 8:30 pm but I don’t want to wait that long. My plan is to start in the morning about 10 am. Then about 6-ish we’ll stake some filleted Salmon to lean over the coals.
    During the EH scheduled time, we will relax with each’s favorite liquid refreshment. Beaujolais seems a good choice and I have time for it to be carried to a port by a donkey and loaded on to a wind powered sailing vessel. OK, maybe not. I’ll go with a local wine.
    Likely we will turn out the big yard lights to enhance the ambiance.

  4. tom0mason permalink
    January 17, 2017 10:47 pm

    During this coming Earth Hour, as you sit in the dark think on —
    Has this current cold spell made you unwell then allow time before you call your doctor to ‘Think Global, Die Local’.
    The socialist utopians will thank you for it.
    And please, don’t fart on your way out … 😉

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