Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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excerpt from "Earth Day: Lost in a Forest of Green?" by Moira Welsh, Toronto Star
Stephen Hazell is the executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada. He believes the symbolism of events like Earth Day is best used to remind the public about the relationship between energy consumption and global warming.
The downside, Hazell says, pointing to Earth Hour, is that "you don't want to give the impression that turning off your lights for an hour or two is going to make a big difference."
"We need to use these more symbolic events to try and get more fundamental change in behaviour," he says. "Hopefully, if people turn off their lights for an hour, maybe that will lead them to question why they have to have their lights on all the rest of the time."