Wound up working most of the weekend, which was a bad thing, because I really needed to have a few days of down time. Oh well. Got some work done for a client, but not all that needed to get done. Spent 3 or 4 hours reviewing TurboGears and SQLAlchemy for another client project. Should have gone out for coffee with friends or something.
Earth Hour was nice with Soni, but just an hour long. Apparently Toronto hit its target (8% reduction), but honestly walking around our neighbourhood you really had to know what was going on to even be able to detect the change. The SUV drivers were all out in Saturday-night force, the rich neighbourhoods were lit up (literally) with Christmas-tree lights.
There was one kid out on his balcony shouting at his neighbours to turn out their lights (yay kids). A few couples out walking and one lone chap staring up at the sky... the light pollution was just as bad as usual. Made you yearn for the blackout of a few years ago.
We did have a neat idea for a YouTube video. Get ~300 environmentalists together, hand a dozen of them axes and have them dismantle an SUV parked somewhere downtown. It would be nice if you could actually take apart some self-indulgent lout's machine, but that wouldn't be legal. Probably have to buy it (ick, paying money for an SUV).
Also thinking of a nice, simple mass-action for discouraging the SUV-ites. Simple, direct; when you see someone driving an SUV, slowly shake your head in disappointment and disgust at the stupidity of the driver. Throw in a disgusted sneer and snort if you like. It's not necessarily the driver that you're targeting, the people around you are probably more likely to affect purchasing decisions.
This kind of social pressure won't affect the "if I crash into someone I want to crush them" people. They can't seem to grasp that they've created a net increase in deaths and that they are now just as likely to be killed because their idiotic machines crash into other idiotic machines and nothing gives way. It might, however, affect the "my truck is a proxy for my manhood" people.
Maybe with some straightforward expressions of disgust we could make a dent of more than 8% of an hour.
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