I actually wanted to be a little more rude in the title of this post. Something like “Why Earth Hour is Bullsh|t for us” or “Why We Don’t Give a Sh|t to Earth Hour” would be more appropriate. But later I thought I should be gentle with my words.
From a general point of view, Earth Hour seems great. At least, better than Valentine’s Day or Halloween’s night. However, it doesn’t mean anything to us. By us, I’m referring to the people who are living in a little country called Bangladesh, of which we’ve praised a lot in our school exam scripts.
In Bangladesh, we face a curse that’s known as load-shedding. The definition says that it’s a total blackout of electricity due to the shortage of power supply although we don’t really believe it. The government steals a lot of money every year (and it’s regardless of which political party is ruling. Bangladesh is definitely a land of opportunities for political parties). Every now and then they keep saying that they increased the power production by several thousands megawatts. But we don’t really enjoy the fruit.
Except for winter, we *celebrate* earth hour every day for a minimum of 8 to 10 hours, and this includes midnight to morning making it impossible for people to sleep well at night, unless of course they have the ability to buy IPS at home. Load-shedding takes place everyday and you wouldn’t believe how hard life is over here during these hot summer days. You go out and come back home you don’t have electricity to cool you down. It just sucks.
And when the government and many other organizations tell us to celebrate earth hour, we can’t but say BULLSH|T! And here’s why: