Nairobi will join over 1,000 cities on March 28th in observing Earth Hour, a global event that seeks to raise awareness on the need for action by world leaders against global warming. Cities marking the event across the globe will switch off all lights on major landmarks for one hour. I found this announcement quite amusing, because we are very used to a situation without lights here in Kenya, courtesy of KPLC. How often do we go without power and lighting in Nairobi for an hour or so? It happens every week, so what is so special about this Earth Hour?
Earth Hour has been transformed into "the world’s first global election", between Earth and global warming. For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote: switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF is urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard. Eighty countries have already pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009.
If Earth Hour is indeed so important to world citizens in order to save our Planet, I think we should start exporting KPLC's expertise. These guys really know all about switching off the lights for an hour or so (or even longer without special requests). Let's charge exorbitant consultancy fees to other countries to hire this expertise from us. With the income generated, we could feed some starving Kenyans or pay the costs of some interesting Commissions. Since this years's Earth Hour will also be "the world’s first global election", I am sure that WWF will also need some good expertise in how to run elections in a fair and efficient way, but I would suggest they go and look for that kind of advice outside of Kenya... What do you think?