Saturday, March 29, 2008

Earth Hour

A panoramic photo of the neighbourhood block

At 8pm a bunch of us around the world decided that we would turn off all our lights for one hour. To quote the Google web page, "On this day, cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Chicago, Melbourne, Dubai, and Tel Aviv, will hold events to acknowledge their commitment to energy conservation.". On a smaller scale we, the few of us in our neighbourhood, turned off the lights and walked out on to the street to see A) who was observing Earth Hour, B) who was not at home with the lights off, C) who was fast asleep with lights off, D) the stars in the sky.

The block was, for the most part, pretty dark with the exception of the actual street lights and one or two houses. We joked about showing up at the doors of the lit up houses with baseball bats, and pitch forks, maybe a torch or two. But then not everyone has heard of earth hour and some people may have forgotten. I didn't remember what day it was until I did a google search and noticed that the web site was black. "Why is it black? Oh yeah, Earth hour."

The Google site

I had strategically put my computers on a 30 minute render. Yes my computer were on but the lights in the room were off. Hey, it wasn't like I was drying my hair for an hour with a hair dryer. A sad truth that making money comes before the planet.

It's interesting to note that while I was shooting the 24 photos to take the 360 degree stitched panoramic photo the cat known as Pumpkin sat on the road and didn't move. Almost as if he was trained to pose for a panoramic photo shoot.

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