Earth Hour: Lafayette Joins The Darkness

Earth Hour means lights out for 60 minutes around the world to demonstrate the need for action on Climate Change. Next Saturday lights will go out in the Lafayette Plaza.

Earth Hour 2012

Next Saturday at 8:30 at night the lights of the Lafayette Plaza will go dark for an hour as part of a world wide message to take action on Climate Change.  Last year over 5,000 cities in 135 countries took part in the demonstration called Earth Hour.

Five years ago in Sydney, Australia, Earth Hour began World Wildlife Fund--Australia turned out the floodlights that make the iconic Sydney Opera House glow at night. Since then the movement has swept the globe and has made its way to Lafayette.

Council member Brandt Anderson will do the honors of switching off the power to the Plaza for the hour.  Sustainable Lafayette members will be there with action pledge cards, candles and information about how to take local action on Climate Change.

While the lights are out, fire dancers, Gantt Charping and Lucie Samuel, will perform Pacific Island influenced fire dances.  The fire dance originated long before electricity, when light was sacred.  The dance honors the importance of light in our lives.  If you have never seen a fire dance you are in for an awe-inspiring show of artistry and skill you will never forget.

Parking is free around the plaza in the evening. Join Sustainable Lafayette in this hour long event and be part of the global demonstration. For more information check out the Earth Hour website

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Chris Nicholson March 26, 2012 at 09:36 PM
320HP? In general, I prefer >500HP for my cars. The Volt is a horrible waste of taxpayer resources, but is a fun gadget that they are selling at a STEEP discount to cost. By my math/guessitmate, the effective price I am paying is about $20K for a car with an MSRP of $45K. I drove from Orinda to Palo Alto today and plugged in to a (free) charging station a couple of blocks from my destination (with 3 miles of remaining electric range). I will drive home (almost 90 miles round trip) without any gas. Kind of fun. I got it mainly as a toy and for solo access to car pool lane. Anyone arguing that the economy or planet are better off, however, is just smoking dope. The subsidies on this thing are criminal. Alas, I have to live in the world that I find myself, so I will respond to the incentives I face-- even if they are horribly misguided.
X March 26, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Actually, it's really easy, but it does require some common sense.
X March 26, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Palo Alto? Oy. Anything that far away is only reachable by airplane.
Michael Taylor March 26, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Would you mind sharing where you bought it with me?? Price is attractive
Chris Nicholson March 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM
@Michael: Note my reference to "Effective Price." Leasing is the way to go. Rough numbers (for base car): MSRP: $40K Sale prive (Dealer invoice): $38.5K Less Fed tax credit: $31K Less CA rebate: $29.5K Less Ally Financial lease "incentive": $26.5K (Note that "bank" is owned by Fed Gov't) Less Free home speed charger + Install credit: $24.5K Less adjustment for below-market money factor: $23.5K Less value of Ally using above-FMV residual (of $30K!): <$20K Less value of car pool access: Priceless. Alternatively, you could ask: What MSRP car can I lease for $399/month for 36 months? Answer: something in the $20-23K range (not the $40-45K range).
Peter Kendall March 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Chris - can your lease deal be replicated today? In other words, are all the incentives in effect? Also, did you assure yourself that you'd score one of the 40,000 "stickers?"
Linda Riebel March 27, 2012 at 12:03 AM
It's sad when people of good will criticize each other's effort to do good. I see it too often in the environmental movement. So if you have reservations about our event, why not just bike or walk or carpool to Earth Hour? Ceremonies and group awareness ARE part of healing humanity's impact on the planet. Or you could just look at the videos on earthhour.org and feel no guilt at all.
Robin Goodman March 27, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Cat and I plan on a candlelight dinner and a walk. Cat is perfectly suited for strolling in the dark!
Sara March 27, 2012 at 12:24 AM
I agree with Linda. Frankly I find myself hoping for a "Day the EArth Stood Still" moment soon. A day without traffic and pollution --- or at least cars contributing to our pollution, would be welcome. We're hoping to go to an electric car soon and were gratified to see others thinking the same.
X March 27, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Two drifters off to see the world?
X March 27, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I have no reservations about the event & hope the turnout is a good one. But, it does seem like a marketing event was missed. Since it will be dark and there will be dancing, Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" would have been a nice touch. But, alas, maybe my remembering that song is a sign of my advancing age.
Chris Nicholson March 27, 2012 at 01:16 AM
PLenty of Stickers. Only the Volt qualifies as of today. Everything above can be replicated, although since they halted production, I suspect that supply in constrained and you may need to pay full MSRP to get a car. Also, the $399 lease deal only applies to base car. I ordered mine decked out, so my lease payment is like $425 pre-tax, and like $440 after tax I think.... Email me if you want more details. I just drove another 54 miles, using 0.3 gallons of gas.
X March 27, 2012 at 04:29 AM
The Leaf qualifies for a sticker, too.
Chris Nicholson March 27, 2012 at 04:46 AM
I think Peter is talking about the Green stickers for the new hybrids. Currently the Volt (the 2012 revised version that they began producing last month) is the only car you can buy that qualifies. The Plug-in-Prius is the other car that will qualify when it is available. The Leaf is pure electric and qualifies for a White sticker, and there is no cap on those, so there will never be a mad rush to get them. Unlike the last time around, I don't think they will run out of Green stickers in any case....
Sue Haas March 27, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Great idea.
fredsbreakfast March 28, 2012 at 11:26 PM
It's dark green religion. http://www.rossmckitrick.com/uploads/4/8/0/8/4808045/earthhour.pdf
CJ March 28, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Every greenie needs to read that well written letter. Absolutely brilliant.
theresa March 29, 2012 at 04:43 AM
i'm all for promoting awareness of climate change. but touting the availability of free parking is counter-productive.
CJ April 02, 2012 at 03:53 PM
More appropriate would NOT be darkness for an hour. But let's light up a tree signifying GAIA................only solar powered. Oh yeah.......it doesn't work at night!! The irony would be so precious. I might even attend just to see the looks of bewilderment.
Michael Taylor April 02, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Hey, CJ, my memory may be failing but I thought you once said you were an engineer and I thought you guys knew that solar power worked with active receptors collecting power in daytime and storing it for later use. Including at night..... but you knew that, right? I know it's not the off the grid application I'm..... we're all looking for... but it sure beats what happens when the reactor explodes, right?
CJ April 02, 2012 at 06:26 PM
MT- It only stores if you stash it in a very expensive battery backup system which needs to be enormous for real uses. Wattage from solar cells is next to zero at night. Count the actual fatalities from Nuclear accidents. Documented ones. You will be shocked how low the number is when compared to all other energy generating sources.
Amy Chu April 02, 2012 at 07:32 PM
We've been trying to get off the PGE umbilical for some time and have manged to substantially reduce our monthly bill with a combine approach including solar. And I think the argument that nuclear plants aren't as bad or as deadly as some would have us believe are a little skewed. Related deaths are rarely immediate. But the images from Japan are powerful enough to sway me in favor of solar over nuclear!!
Chris Nicholson April 02, 2012 at 10:49 PM
@Amy: I'm in Japan at the moment. Lots of talk about what they call the "Great Earthquake" (and they've had some big ones over the centuries. I'm confused as to why a big earthquake/tsunami would "sway you" in favor of solar (when it sounds like you already had solar panels). Last time I checked, more people died from Mother Nature's fury (despite this being perhaps the best prepped society on the planet) in one day here versus even the most wildly overstated (revised) claims from deaths from all prior nuclear energy accidents combined. As an aside, most of these "long term increases in cancer" studies have been debunked/retracted/revised away to almost nothing. Google around a bit on this topic. Some hyperventilated studies shortly after Chernobyl claimed >200K deaths would result. Problem is, they never happened. After 25 years, even the alarmists are starting to admit that they were totally wrong.... The only statistically noticeable cancer increased were thyroid cancer from those immediately and locally exposed. This could have been prevented with iodine tablets. Thyroid cancer is the most survivable cancer (96% survival rate). For reference, the Fukushima incident was about 10% of the radiation from Chernobyl.
My Kids Dad April 10, 2012 at 03:53 PM
a couple of comments, maybe we should have a solar flare remembrance day - we have about as much control over that as we do over global warming or cooling. and re the volt - nice idea to get to the carpool lane, another govt waste. we all pay for an extra lane that would reduce congestion and then allow only select few the use of it so we add capacity and then restrict it. some of those fly overs in LA must cost 80% of the original freeway and just for one lane that is underutilized. Too bad i took my Christmas lights down already or i would turn them on for this silly event.
CJ April 11, 2012 at 08:11 PM
NASA scientists, engineers and astronauts submitted a letter to NASA mgmt requesting that NASA stop supporting AGW as some settled science when it is clearly far from settled. http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/04/nasa_rocked_by_global_warming_rebellion.html
My Kids Dad April 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Thank you CJ! Lets hope that the real science can conquer the political correctness. Anyone heard of the little ice age? So much of this fraud is already incorporated into our laws and social structure!
Mark Heffel April 14, 2012 at 02:40 AM
You people are realy beyond reproach. Where do you think the electricity comes from to charge your electric cars? Bunch of Eco Marxist freaks. The arrogance to think man is the root of all climate change. In God we trust and all others bring data. There is data to support man made global warming. Its all about wealth redistribution.
Rosemary April 14, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Mark - I leased an electric vehicle. Really, darling, why do you think I would care where the electricity comes from? I don't care if it comes from Mars, Baghdad, or the south end of a northbound mule. The car is basically my toy. I toodle around in it when a small car comes in handy. Then it's back to my Lexus. Who is this Eco Marx of whom you speak? Your brother or something?
fredsbreakfast April 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Chris -- nice, clear thinking .... seems not to matter with most current brains. Maybe this is all pointless. Meanwhile - thanks for the serious logic and critical thinking. I'm depressed rt now imagining the closed minds .....
fredsbreakfast April 17, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Free markets and free minds will get us through the next crises better than centralized authoritarian social planning.


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