Earth Hour’s False Dilemma

March 28, 2009

Earth Hour 2009 is based on an unacceptable premise. Here’s the premise in question: “Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming.

This false dilemma asserts that only 2 alternatives exist, when obviously there are more. While I agree with Earth Hour‘s theme in encouraging “government policies to take action against global warming”, I do not agree with its unacceptable premise. There are people of all ages, nationalities, race and background who are against global warming but who may choose not (or perhaps have no choice in the matter) to use their light switch as their vote. So there!

Having said that, I wish the Earth Hour initiative, scheduled for Saturday March 28 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, every success in raising awareness in preparation for the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.


0061 HKSAR Name of the Day

March 27, 2009

Avan Chung Pui-ki (Ms), executive officer, Department of Applied Physics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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HK’s Humpback Still Here

March 27, 2009

It has now been about 10 days since Hong Kong’s first ever sighting of a visiting humpback whale … and apparently it is still huge and still here! The 10-metre long whale is believed to be a juvenile (adult humpbacks are between 14-19 metres long) that may have lost its bearings on its way up to the Arctic Ocean. Let’s hope it finds its bearings soon.

Pic courtesy of the HK Dolphin Conservation Society.


0060 HKSAR Name of the Day

March 26, 2009

Aprille Lam Sham Lai Kuen (Mrs), Department of Community And Family Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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0059 HKSAR Name of the Day

March 25, 2009

Kala Lui WH (Mr), Graphic Design Assistant, Faculty of Business, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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0058 HKSAR Name of the Day

March 24, 2009

Rigel Leung Ka Po (Miss), student, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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0057 HKSAR Name of the Day

March 23, 2009

Glory TY Pong (Dr), senior lecturer, Department of Applied Mathematics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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