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Sunday, April 05, 2009
Earth Hour -vvw

Earth Hour - Cities and large corporations around the world switch off non-essential lights for an hour.

Maybe it's just me being cynical but does this actually make any difference? Something smells fishy here. This looks exactly like the kind of half-hearted effort (or perhaps even downright hypocrisy in some cases) we often see from many companies and governments when it comes to saving the environment. I bet the resources spent to publicize the event probably outweighed the energy saved.

You don't have to look far to see what I mean. While the Building & Construction Authority promotes energy efficient building designs with the Green Mark Scheme, the Urban Redevelopment Authority plans to 'light up our city'. Ok, I'll give BCA some credit for the green initiatives. But when you read about such contradictions, you can't help but think - WTF?!

Just the other evening, I was walking along Clarke Quay when I noticed some kind of boat (those ducktours crafts I think) with small pieces of solar panels on its roof. Printed beside that, in large friendly letters, were the words "Save The Planet". And right in the background, was the Singapore River, brightly lit in hideous red and green, all along its banks and under the bridges too. So much for saving the planet.

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See if you can find Geoff Mulgan's The Ideals and Betrayal's of Government. It is basically a discourse of the structure and existence of govenrment. There are often different branches within the govt that represent the interests of different stakeholders (supposedly) and hence pursue differently if not contradicting objectives. Economic growth at-all-costs vs environmental protection. Foreign immi policy vs national cohesion. Productivity vs work-life balance.
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