People of the World showed their collective might on Saturday 28 March when lights in cities around the planet were switched off from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Dubai was no different. In a show of solidarity against climate change, the lights of Dubai’s major iconic buildings, government offices and hotels were plunged into darkness. We spent the night at home, with friends, enjoying dinner by candle light. Truly memorable!
Earth hour got me thinking. According to the WWF, human beings consume 25% more natural resources than the planet can replace. If you think about it, in nearly all aspects of our lives, most humans are living beyond their means. This is what was partly to blame for the financial crisis and what is causing climate change. Because of our insatiable appetite for more – bigger house, more kids, more food, more energy, faster cars – we have compromised our very existence. The world’s water supply, fish stocks, the loss of our ecosystems, have all been caused by one thing – greed.
While Earth Hour is a great initiative, it’s only a symbolic gesture. There are many things that we can do to save the earth. The most important thing is that we need to act NOW! So, start by saving electricity, recycle your trash, start a lift club if you can, plant trees, eat locally produced food, eat less meat – and most of all live a simple existence. This is one instance when less actually is more!