Earth Hour 2015 Interest Waning, Except in Dubai

eathhourThis Saturday, the world marked the one of the biggest environmentally-friendly initiatives – Earth Hour. However, while a record number of countries and cities participated in the 2015 campaign, people in many part of the world showed less interest in saving the planet than ever before. The Dubai, on the other hand, companies and organisations challenged the trend with impressive efforts.

Earth Hour 2015’s Success in Dubai

Official data for Earth Hour 2015, shows that Dubai managed to save 305 mWh (megawatt hours) of electricity during this year’s Earth Hour. As a result of the initiative, the emirate managed to reduce its carbon emissions by 183 tons for just one hour. That is 20% more compared to Dubai’s Earth Hour 2014 figures.

Even more impressive is the fact that over the six years in which Dubai has been taking park in Earth Hour, it has saved a total of 1,163 gWh of electricity. In money, that is estimated at almost $205 million.

This year, UAE’s participation in Earth Hour was greater than ever. Apart from reducing electricity consumption, the country also took things one step further and encouraged people to also reduce their water consumption during the world’s most eco-friendly hour.

In addition to that, Dubai broke a new record by introducing the world’s biggest inifinity mirror as part of the Earth Hour 2015 initiative. The seven-square-meter mirror symbolized the emirate’s infinite efforts to fight climate change.

Earth Hour Interest Declining Worldwide

Meanwhile, the Earth Hour campaign registered a massive decline in interest. Even though the 2015 initiative broke all previous record in participation, with 172 countries and over 1,400 landmarks joining it this year, people were generally less concerned about the climate and turning off their lights.

Particularly shocking were figures from Earth Hour 2015 in Canada. British Colombia, for example, saved barely 15mWh this year. Compared to just one year ago, that is a decrease by 77%. Moreover, back in 2013, British Columbian saved 136 megawatt hours or almost 90% more than in 2015. Similar was the case in Ontario, where some cities even stated that reducing electricity consumption during Earth Hour was no longer a priority for them. The reason they cited was the population’s declining interesting in the initiative.

Even in Australia, the country where Earth Hour first started, the initiative did not have the desired effect on society. Although participation continues to be high, the meaning of Earth Hour has begun to blur. Media coverage in the country focused more on saving electricity than on saving the planet.

Vietnam was one of the few countries where Earth Hour 2015 was a success. This year, the country announced it has managed to save 520,000 kWh of electricity. That is estimated at nearly $40,000. Nevertheless, these savings are not measured only during Earth Hour 2015, but for the entire Earth Hour campaign in the country, which took place over the period March 22-28.

Next Earth Hour will take place on 19 March 2016 and it will mark the initiative’s tenth anniversary. Hopefully, the interest in the campaign then will not as limited as it was this year.

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    Moose

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    They did not save anything if they burned candles made from fossil fuels and emitted even more CO2 than an efficient power plant.

    Earth hour, such a stupid idea.

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    Al Shelton

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    Total hypocrisy is what it is.
    CO2 does not cause global warming.
    It is not an evil gas.
    It is plant food and the world needs more CO2 not less.

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    Gator

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    I spent all four times of Earth Hour celebrating in my roadhouse on my ridgetop (roadhouse still under construction). It has seven windows with a better than 180 degree view of up to three counties (weather permitting), so all my neighbors could see me celebrating the cheap and abundant energy with which we are blessed.

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    I had all my vintage neons on, as well as every light inside and outside of the house, and every TV was blasting Joe Bonamassa concerts through my thumping sound systems.

    I may just do it again tonight. 🙂

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      Captain Dave

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      I did more of an exterior show. My house had 10 moving pattern light generators painting the front face, with another 5 systems inside the porch.
      My neighbour lady’s house appreciated some Christmas lights and 2400 watts of quartz halogen directly on the white stucco.
      Somebody has to help stabilize the grid.
      Do you know where I can check satellite images?

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      Robert

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      Joe Bonamassa? I knew there was a reason I liked hearing from you, you have good taste in music. That guy is devastating.

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        Gator

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        A guitar slinger buddy of mine introduced me to Joe about 6 years ago and I have been a huge fan ever since, he is IMHO the best all round blues guitar man working today. SRV was my favorite back in the day, I was hooked the minute I saw his 1982 Montreux Jazz Festival performance, and I will never forget the day his helicopter went down (I was hoping it had been Clapton).

        I have an associates degree in music performance (vocal) and I learned to play a little piano and guitar, so I have a real appreciation for someone like Bonamassa who can jump up on stage and enthrall thousands for hours.

        My favorite music professor once told me the only real music, is live music, and it took me a few years to completely get what he meant. I now only listen to live performances, and have gained new appreciation for some artists I had previously written off. One of those artists is Peter Frampton. He was played to death in my youth, and then years later I got to see him live, and he is another favorite now, and my guitar buddy says he is possibly the nicest rock star you will ever meet. Frampton makes his guitar sing like an angel, and roar like a lion, truly a great songwriter and performer.

        I have hundreds of hours of concerts on my DVR, and hardly a day goes by that I don’t enjoy at least a few songs in my roadhouse.

        Great minds think alike Robert! 8)

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          GR82DRV

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          [quote name=”Gator”]A guitar slinger buddy of mine introduced me to Joe about 6 years ago and I have been a huge fan ever since, he is IMHO the best all round blues guitar man working today. SRV was my favorite back in the day, I was hooked the minute I saw his 1982 Montreux Jazz Festival performance, and I will never forget the day his helicopter went down (I was hoping it had been Clapton).
          [/quote]Wow! I was at Alpine Valley the night the copter crashed!

          I’m a huge SRV fan… I’m also a pilot and I remember watching some ferry flights that night and telling my wife that the helicopter approaches looked reckless….

          BTW, Stevie Ray’s last performance of Riviera Paradise was epic…

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          Robert

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          I saw SRV’s last Minnesota performance at RiverFest. The year he died and the the previous year he played there, Harriet Island between St. Paul and Minneapolis. It was great. I saw one of Albert Collins last shows there as well shortly before he passed away.

          I was doing carpet work at the time and remember the radio announcement of the crash very well. As much as I wish I could say differently I too found myself at a loss as to the strange twist of fate that resulted in SRV switching places with Clapton.

          I first heard Joe on Pandora, the Blue Rock Radio channel or Texas Blue Radio channel, I hear him on both. I was cruising down the road and thinking to myself “Who the F— is this?” in total amazement. When Joe comes on I listen, when Clapton comes on I skip to the next song or change channels.

          Clapton may be a legend in blues and rock but he really bores the hell out of me.

          Now, oddly enough and perhaps somewhat prophetic, SRV’s last encore at the last RiverFest he played in MN was the song “Life Without You.”

          Always loved that song.

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            Gator

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            Hey Guys! I missed Stevie’s last concert St Louis, a ‘friend’ was supposed to get me a ticket before it sold out, we are no longer friends.

            I shared an office with two other repomen in E St Louis at the time of the crash, and we had KSHE-95 on that morning trying to figure out what had happened, and who died. One of the other guys was a big Clapton fan, and the other probably couldn’t name a song either had written.

            I’m with you Robert, Clapton is admired by many, but he just doesn’t do it for me. He has one Hell of a resume, but to me he just aint all that. My guitar slinging buddy is a Clapton fan, but readily admits SRV was a much better player and performer. SRV had finally kicked the booze and cocaine and hit his full stride, there is no telling where he could have gone from there, so sad.

            But thank God for Bonamassa, and some of the others who were inspired by SRV, and carry on his great rockin’ blues tradition. One of the things I find amusing about Joe, is that he never thought he could sing, he was sure he would just be a guitar player. Thankfully he hooked up with a voice teacher and we now have a full blown blues man.

            One of my old girlfriends was that way. In college I was taking voice lessons as part of my associates degree, and she was on a scholarship for violin. We would sing with the radio and I quickly learned she wasn’t tone deaf, so I started working with her and within a year she was singing solos at church. She is one of those people who can pick up any instrument, and by the end of a week, play it with authority (she is also one of the reasons why I changed my major, my ‘talent’ just was not up to to par). She still plays and sings with a bluegrass band, and keeps picking up new instruments.

            I’ve been asked why I did not pursue music and acting (I had leading roles in school), and I explain just how many much more talented people I know who are out of work, for pursuing a dream.

            But God I still miss Stevie.

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      Gator

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      Dr. David Suzuki:[i] I do despair. My wife and I huddle at night and weep for our helplessness.[/i]

      I could help you twits sell three of your four houses, you scumsucking, lying, cash grabbing, hypocritical fascist POS.

      You a55wipes think populations are growing out of control? Do us all a favor and suck on a 12 gauge.

      Leftists are the most despicable and dangerous entity on Earth.

      BTW amirlach, thanks for the video!

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    Aston

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    We are eagerly waiting to see what happens during the earth hour this year as Dubai has always been concerned about reducing carbon emissions and has done a lot of effort in this regard, we are very optimistic to see something remarkable even this year.

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