by Pam Zubeck
There's nothing like a token action to give wannabe environmentalists a good feeling.
For its part, the city will shut off the light at the Summit House on Pikes Peak in observance of Earth Hour, a "global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world," according to a city press release.
Oh horrors. Imagine a whole hour with the light turned off during the off season at the top of a 14,000+ foot peak. Now that's what you call real sacrifice.
"It is self-described as a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future," the release says, noting that last year, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third annual event with more than 4,000 cities in 88 countries participating to make Earth Hour "the world’s largest global climate change initiative."
Of course, we're not denying there is power (or lack thereof in this case) in numbers. Shutting off every light in the city for one hour would save a train-car load or two of coal, perhaps. But once a year? How about once a month, once a day, or, heaven forbid, make a habit of turning down your thermostat and shutting off lights in empty rooms ON A REGULAR BASIS.
Or, if you're really serious about saving the planet, then recycle, compost, install solar panels, xeriscape your yard and use low-energy compact flourescent bulbs. ALL THE TIME.
And if you're not serious, jump back into your tanning bed, or switch on three heaters while you watch your plasma TV with all the lights on.