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:

earth hour in bangladesh

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  1. You are right – we Westerners do not understand. What is earth hour? Is it turning off electricity to conserve resources, or because there is not enough money to keep electricity going? We do not have earth hour here, as far as I know, but many folks in the US waste fuel and electrictiy resources because we are not required to conserve.

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  2. Yea I totally agree with this posing…. Its DAMN hard without electricity and I don’t know what the hell the government is doing…

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  3. I think Westerners CAN understand it Bhai IF you happen to live in Bangladesh – like Ladygardenia and I! Load shedding is difficult and annoying and I can see no real reason why we would celebrate Earth Hour here as we effectively have it several times a day.

    That said, I think you are missing the point. The day is symbolic of trying to make a difference to cut back on the waste we make and the resources we are using up. The people of Bangladesh definitely need to know about that. The country (and Dhaka in particular) is one big rubbish dump because no one cares about their waste. It is a beautiful country but as it becomes wealthier, so the pollution and waste problems increase. Every country needs to be encouraged to cut back as much as possible on such living.

    THAT’S why Earth Hour – and any other initiative to encourage responsible living – is important.

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    1. If you’re really living in Bangladesh and not in five star hotels, then yes there’s a sleek chance you can understand how the situation is. But I’m sticking to what I said. Earth hour is bullsh|t to us. You say many people waste energy? When do they get the chance to waste? Out of 24 hours we get only about 12 to 14 hours electricity. I find that too hard to waste energy after consuming as required. (We get below required rate so it’s not possible to waste energy. Those who do usually are rich enough to have IPS set up at home).

      Earth hour is definitely a good approach to western countries where you don’t see load-shedding for a single moment. But the intention of my post was to say it from our point of view. Because over here, every alternative hour is earth hour.

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      1. I have never lived in a 5 star hotel in Bangladesh Bhai. I live with the poor in Dinajpur where, I can assure you, we feel the effects, not just of load shedding but of all the extreme elements of the seasons. Your comments towards bideshis are uncharitable and border on much worse.

        Just because Bangladesh does not get enough electricity to meet the demands of the population does not mean it is not wasting energy. Most of your energy comes from coal powered stations. By definition, you are wasting most of the energy contained in the coal which is not replenishable. Every time you turn on a light you waste even more energy. Have you ever, at any time, left a room with the light on? I bet you have! Most of us do. Then you have wasted all the energy that was used and wasted by the bulb while no one was in the room. Look outside your home or on the streets of Dhaka. Do you see any lights on in shop windows when they are closed? Then you see wasted energy.

        Wasted energy does not belong to the rich West alone. Every member of the human race has a responsibility to look after our resources. Bangladeshis just as much as the rest.

        This is not to suggest that Load-shedding isn’t awful and a real problem – it IS. But that is not the point of Earth Hour. It raises awareness by a symbolic action. Perhaps this act is not the best way to get the message to Bangladeshis but that does not mean it is solely for the West. Not by any means.

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  4. Earth Hour 2009 was from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time, March 28, 2009. 88 countries and 4,088 cities participated in Earth Hour 2009, ten times more cities than Earth Hour 2008 had (2008 saw 400 cities participate). One billion “votes” was the stated aim for Earth Hour 2009, in the context of the pivotal 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference.”

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