Taking part in Earth Hour (as many did last Saturday) deludes people into thinking that they have made enough of a difference. More significantly it creates the illusion that their consumption is a significant factor in climate change. The Independent’s Adam McGibbon’s points the finger at fossil fuel companies, his real perpetrators of climate change. He writes that 90 of the world’s biggest companies contribute two thirds of carbon emissions from humans. For decades they have known about and lobbied against it to protect their profits. To McGibbon applying pressure on politicians to create legislation that limits these large-scale polluters is the only way to create meaningful change.
David Miller, CEO of WWF Canada acknowledges that Earth Hour’s energy savings are a drop in the bucket of climate change. He highlights its symbolic significance in raising awareness and bringing people together. Seeing one’s whole community participate should embolden individuals in the fight against climate change. Too many people and leaders still don't see the value in protecting the environment. Earth Hour seeks to demonstrate to them how many people care. Finally it serves to shed light on the different ways that wildlife and nature are suffering from human activity. Earth Hour is about showing solidarity and encouraging awareness.