At the End of the Hour

Earth Hour. And although I would like to look at the brighter side of things — pun intended — I find it increasingly difficult to appreciate a cause that revolves around hype. I am not here to say Earth Hour is nothing but a social movement; on the contrary, I do believe in the cause. The faith I lack is in how people would maintain their commitment to the cause a long time after the lights are back on.

And herein lies the problem: we want to feel part of something that is much bigger than us; we participate, and when it is over, so is the participation. That is not to say that everyone will go back to heavy consumption, but through observation it is safe to assume that when Earth Hour is over, the majority of people will go on like nothing has ever happened. Unless the event coincides with a solar flare that will fry out the grids (and not just read on the news that they might), I hardly doubt many people will go beyond the hour. Just like when a large proportions of Muslims who observe Ramadan and fast all day end up binge-eating after sunset, missing out completely on the concepts of preservation and discipline. Dare I say that the amount of food wasted daily at Iftar around the world can feed a continent for that day? Food for thought.

So how are social causes any different? Yes, it is all nice and fun to be part of something — but where is the belief and the passion that go along with it?

Perhaps, then, wrapping the event around a challenge is actually a good idea; when you commit people to a challenge, they’re more likely to commit to the cause. And in the recent years with everything “going green” trending worldwide, all these green movements are starting to shape up. The fundamental reason behind this is what while the majority of people will go on with their power-hungry lives, those who go beyond the hour are making an impact. They’re spreading the awareness and are becoming role models for other people to follow.

The underlying principle here is not necessarily “saving the planet”; it’s about discipline in consumption. Let it be power or water  or food or whatever resource. Earth is truly finite. Our lives are finite. Every single aspect of our lives is composed of fleeting moments. Why is it when the water is cut off, we manage to brush our teeth and do the dishes and other things with a bottle of water, whereas when it’s flowing out of the tap, we’re opening the tap all the way?

Earth Hour — and most other things like it — are not just an hour-a-year social movement; they’re habits. So make conservation, and discipline, your habit.

Bottled Water, or Tap?

I remember in 97 when I was in NYC, often I was asked if I would like to have tap water or bottled water. Even when watching shows, I see people filling in water from the tap, and often wondered why the hell would someone do that.

Then again when I was in Saudi I knew exactly where our water came from – we used to fill an underground well in our villa and I knew exactly how that well looked like from the inside. Though we had it cleaned and painted and sterilized, it remained a well and the trees and plants in the garden always found their way to penetrate through.

So for me tap water was a no no.

In Syria, we have filters. Bottled water was only seen in restaurants to boost the bill. My friend who works for the Abu Dhabi Electric & Water Authority claims that the water here is safe to drink, the one being distributed anyway, and depending on the quality and cleanliness of the piping on a building by building case things may differ.

Now after seeing this video, I think I will buy filters for 90-something AED and save myself a shitload of money on bottled water. You can get the fact sheet in the more info pane on the video page. What I find interesting though is that if this is done by something we take for granted, such as water, then what about everything else?

Moogle Thoughts Issue #5 – On Global Warming

I have managed to come up with the ultimate solution to Global Warming! But first let me alter KJ’s profile picture…

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Ahem.

After LOTS of studying and CAREFUL RESEARCH I have come up with a list of solutions to global warming! But nothing beats the number one solution!!!! It is based on the “scientific” theories on global warming:
theory K - too much sunlight
theory U – big fat ozone hole
theory P – people make lots of bad gas
theory O – no one wants to pay

Kupo! As we can see, the main problem here is theory K. Because sunlight = heat and heat = ice melting = water up = humans drown = no more moogle infestation.

So after a lot of doodling, my proposal is as follows:
Mirrors!

Yes, kupo, see, this is how things go.

As you can see from my illustration, sun goes in but not out. Light heats stupid planet, fries people, etc.

With the use of mirrors, we can REFLECT the light!

Yes yes.

We install mirrors on the top of buildings. We don’t have to put mirrors on EVERY building, around 20-25% per city will be good! Imagine! a 20% drop in temperature!!!

With the use of mirrors, we achieve the following:
M – less ultraviolet light!
I – less heat!
R – reflected light blinds incoming aliens!
R – reflected light makes our planet a STAR!!!
O – cost effective!
R – easy to clean!

What do you think?! Vote me as blog owner!