Sunday, March 28, 2010

We all want to change the world*



After watching the evening news on Saturday night and seeing reports about some hoopla in my home state .......
Searchlight, Nev. --
Organizers described this gathering Saturday of thousands of Tea Partiers minutes from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's home in desolate Nevada scrub as a "conservative Woodstock."

. . . For her part, Palin said the "lame-stream media" misinterpreted her exhortation on Twitter last week that conservatives should not retreat but "reload" as an example of violent rhetoric. . .

. . . the audience, which thinned out rapidly after Palin's appearance, was largely white and middle-aged . . .
[highlighting mine...Source and full article: San Francisco Chronicle]


.......we enjoyed the first part of Earth Hour with a candlelight dinner of organic spinach and cheese pizza (baked in oven just prior to 8:30pm) accompanied by a delicious salad with this dressing:



London. . .
Europe's best known landmarks — including the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and Rome's Colosseum — fell dark Saturday, following Sydney's Opera House and Beijing's Forbidden City in joining a global climate change protest, as lights were switched off across the world to mark the Earth Hour event.

In the United States, the lights went out at the Empire State Building in New York, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, among many other sites in the Eastern time zone.

Millions were expected to turn off lights and appliances for an hour from 8:30 p.m. in a gesture to highlight environmental concerns and to call for a binding pact to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This year's was the fourth annual Earth Hour, organized by the World Wildlife Fund.

"I think it's great to see that hundreds of millions of people share this common value of lowering our carbon footprint," said Dan Forman, a spokesman for WWF in Washington.

Some 4,000 cities in more than 120 countries — starting with the remote Chatham Islands off the coast of New Zealand — voluntarily switched off Saturday to reduce energy consumption, though traffic lights and other safety features were unaffected, organizers said.

"We have everyone from Casablanca to the safari camps of Namibia and Tanzania taking part," said Greg Bourne, CEO of WWF in Australia, which started Earth Hour in 2007 in Sydney before it spread to every continent. [Source and full article: The Associated Press]


This crowd


was not like this crowd


 
and it certainly wasn't like this.........

Canberra, Australia


National Cathedral, Washington D.C.


Toronto business district



 Athens, Greece




Niagara Falls



Cairo, Egypt



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* quote from Revolution by The Beatles (live video here)



Vintage Woodstock sew-on patch may still be available at this site.
Earth Hour 2010 photos from Earth Hour website
Annie's Naturals website

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13 comments:

the watercats said...

Is it just me.. or does everything look MUCH better with the lights out and the natural darkness illuminating it... :-)
I'm ashamed to say we forgot completely about earth hour.. there was nothing on the t'v or radio about it coming up.. that we heard anyway!.. I think we'll do our thing tonight.
By the way, just found out the name of the album that song is from is called, I speak because I can.. :-)

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

nice that so many people took part and honesty, I can't remember what we were doing, but we're out in the country anyway, where it doesn't make much of a difference. And we do live environmental friendly all year long.
nice of you to post about this!

YogaforCynics said...

Well, maybe it counts as a Woodstock-like event because many of the attendees were likely incoherent and irrational...though, alas, unlike those who went to Woodstock, they can't blame it on the acid...

bookmanie said...

"I like guitar."Bookmanie

Owen said...

I hope someone turned the lights out on Sarah Palin, wherever she was, I wouldn't care if we never saw nor heard from her again...

Otherwise, what a wonderful idea, to turn out the lights for an hour... I'm sure we could all get by with alot less light, and a little more love in the world. The spirit of Woodstock lives on... the real and only Woodstock...

Doreen McGettigan said...

I actually just looked at photo's homeland security took from the air in Searchlight, Nevada and I gotta say there were a lot of people there..homeland security..yikes!!

Lydia said...

the watercats~ Thank you for the info on that album. Yes, candlelight is really sweet and I wondered Sunday night if you were bathed in it celebrating your own Earth Hour!

Sarah Sofia~ It is good to hear from you! Yes, I do realize - from reading many of your posts - that you live what some would think of as a spartan existence (others would find it exciting and romantic). You are very much in touch with the earth.

YogaforCynics~ Agreed. But Palin shouldn't complain too much about the "lame stream media" because on Saturday night the NBC evening news interviewed three participants and each was well-spoken and generally well-balanced. I thought it was good of NBC because it is a given they could have found other attendees who would not have made a fair-good impression.

Bookmanie~ I do too! (good to have you here)

Owen~ Yup, the real and only Woodstock was a singular event (I wish I had gone).
Palin is not my cup of tea! I agree with you!

Doreen~ What a cute portrait photo!
I didn't think to look for a photo like that...how interesting. I read the crowd ranged from 4000-8000, which is certainly a big gathering for a small desert town. The desert is so fragile. I hate to see that many feet tromping around out there...

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Oh shooby doo wah indeed.

The Beatles were such a great live band -- a total crime that I never got to see them in concert, a felony as far as i'm concerned.

Lydia said...

Who Am Us Anyway?~ I feel exactly the same. What, did I think they were going to last forever...that youth would last forever and there was all the time in the world so no rush to see the great ones? Sad.

Doreen McGettigan said...

Thank you..that is my grand daughter Julia; she has a big part in my book..and yes the desert is fragile and a little too scary for me..

Lydia said...

Doreen~ Julia is a luminous little girl. You're lucky to have one another. :)

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Another great post!

Lydia said...

Phivos~ And another great visit from Phivos!

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