Monday, March 16, 2009

Let's export KPLC's expertise to save our Planet and generate some much needed income for Kenya

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?

This year, 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?


Bhuvan Chand said...

Combating climate change may not be a question of who will carry the burden but could instead be a rush for the benefits, according to new economic modeling presented at “Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions” hosted by the University of Copenhagen.

Contrary to current cost models for lowering greenhouse gases emissions and fighting climate change, a group of researchers from the University of Cambridge conclude that even very stringent reductions of can create a macroeconomic benefit, if governments go about it the right way.

“Where many current calculations get it wrong is in the assumption that more stringent measures will necessarily raise the overall cost, especially when there is substantial unemployment and underuse of capacity as there is today”, explains Terry Barker, Director of Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Congress.

Cee said...

Hahahha, I think we should stick to the exporting of atheletes...great post...

CareforNature said...

Thanks for promoting Earth Hour! Another way you can recruit people to the cause is by creating a Earth Hour group on Simply create a group about one action that you will commit to do for Earth Hour and recruit your friends, family, and co-workers to get involved in that action as well. When it comes to climate change, simple actions can make huge differences and Commit21 leverages social media to influence networks of friends, family, and co-workers. Check it out at

Rafiki said...

@ Bhuvan Chand: Thanks for that information, but please don't post exactly the same stuff here as you can find on a dozen other sites.

@ Cee: How many athletes do we still have? Are the best ones not Qatari or Dutch now? The advantage of exporting KPLC staff is that we still have quite a number of them!

@ CareforNature: Thanks for the info and the link.