Earth hour is said to be an hour of total power shut down, a form of observance for what nature has to offer, while we the inhabitants is depleting its resources & causing harm to the environment 1 way or another.
As soon as the hour is over, live goes back to the not-so-normal norm. Air conditioning goes back on; light pollution resumes its glory, industries regardless light, medium or heavy goes back into full swing (possibly double quick time to catch up on the hour lost for production). Needless to mention, while the hour of observance is in effect, very many other systems are still running as it has become necessary that they must function like clockwork.
What are the initiatives that governing bodies take to ensure that awareness is not passive & be transposed into active participation & implementation?
We notice pilot projects ongoing for some residential precincts for non-conventional energy efficient alternatives for lighting, perhaps will come into full effect in the next 15-20yrs for full implementation.
Small carrots are sprinkled into the picture for property developers to adopt energy efficient designs & standards, in so doing be labeled green-mark silver/ gold/ platinum… being more a bragging right, than returns (below 2yrs) driven motives.
Carbon emission however is still spiking high in lieu of the heavy industries and the massive number of vehicles on the roads. Zero emission diesel engines have long since been made available, but the authorities haven’t seen the significance in approving such use of vehicles – prices of levies/ taxes on diesel engines remain a deterrent. While the effort to promote use of CNG was so pathetic, created negative impact for the consumers.
Regardless the initiatives successful or not, industries continue to run heavy, driving the surge for energy consumptions. Perhaps, it is due time that policy makers consider pulling the plug on some industries.