Conserving energy

Power Down

Earth Hour is a powerful reminder of what is going wrong with the environment – but Earth Hour is not the answer to what is going wrong. Turning off the lights, even for an entire month, isn’t about to save the world. We need to turn off the lights whenever they are not required and turn down appliances at home when not in use. We need to curb our consumerist tendency that results in the waste of power.

At pepper square we will attempt to further internalise the idea of responsible consumption, instead of trying to return to an idyllic past of darkness that everyone actually hates (but loves momentarily because of the romanticism evoked by the darkness). We need to push back the darkness in our minds, rather than manage the one around us.

For the moment, at pepper square, we make a resolve that if we are going to leave our desk for more than 30 minutes, we will power down our desktop before we go. Small steps, when you think of it. But significant and sustainable ones for us.

10 Responses

  1. Saravana
    March 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Which is very important in this digital world energy consumption, that every company take initiatives on this, I would suggest/recommend if we automate to turning off the monitor

  2. Ananthakumar R
    September 16, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    ‘Little drops make an ocean’ the above message reminds this proverb. It is the responsibility of every citizen of a country. Not only the electricity but also Non-Renewable resources.

  3. shashank
    August 27, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Earth Hour is an initiative to encourage individuals around the world to take accountability for their environment.

  4. pankaj
    August 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

    It’s not a power down. It’s actually power UP !!!!! :)

  5. October 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    earth hour is really a great way to promote environmental awareness–.

  6. August 13, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Earth Hour really helps in promoting environmental awareness among the young generation”-”

  7. Harrison Ward
    July 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    i always thought that there is some sort of built in mind power in everyone of us.

  8. April 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I always participate in the “Earth Hour”. This event is a symbol that we should be more aware of our environment and that we should focus on protecting mother earth.

  9. Muki
    March 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Very well written article Arun. I completely agree with your point. In India we are taught NOT to waste anything and to live with what we have. This is a Made in India message.

    I don’t believe in the concept of thinking for my future generation instead i would like to be responsible in the way i do things so that i respect every single thing life has to offer.

    My mom always carry a wire bag (Some 40 years old) when she gets out of the house. Every time when i say i don’t need a plastic bag, my vegetable vendor is so happy. One more example is when i drink Tender Coconut i don’t use a straw these days. I am sharing this info to all the kids in my street and we all have a challenge “Lets see who can drink Tender coconut without spilling” I see many kids do a great job.

    It reminds me of what OSHO said once “Allow me to teach the kids and i will not teach them the little their parents know”

    Lets unlearn and relearn to REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE and REFUSE

    1. Vinod
      August 3, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Well written Article! and well said Muki –
      “Be the change you want to see”
      We have many preachers in this world, but unfortunate we have less doers!
      Adding to your eg to plastic bag : Very good initiative in india in recent days with – All the malls will charge 5/- for carry bag. But still many of us ready to pay Rs.5/- instead carrying bag our self. As we think 5 /-it’s damn cheap(many of us at least), but the fact is it’s not about Rs.5/-, its about the thought / initiative behind this.
      Think Wiser, Small steps leads to big change!