ROLL YOUR OWN BLACK OUT THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER
JUNE 21, 2001, THURS. EVE, 7-10 PM worldwide, all time zones.
As an alternative to George W. Bush's energy policies
and lack of emphasis on efficiency, conservation and alternative fuels,
there will be a voluntary rolling blackout on the first day of summer,
June 21 at 7pm -- 10pm in any time zone (this will roll it across the
planet). Its a simple protest and a symbolic act. Turn out your lights
from 7pm-10pm on June 21. Unplug whatever you can unplug in your house.
Light a candle to the Sungoddess, kiss and tell or not, take a stroll in
the dark, invent ghost stories, anything
that's not electronic-have fun in the dark.
Read the 1999 book "Natural Capitalism" by Hawken and
Lovins to learn that conservation/high efficiency technologies already
ARE on-the-shelf. If implemented these revolutionary ideas would pay
themselves off within five years, after which we'd be pumping far less
greenhouse gas into the
atmosphere and saving bucks to boot.
Forward this [message] as widely as possible, to your
government representatives and environmental contacts. Let them know we
want global education, participation and funding in conservation,
efficiency and alternative fuel efforts -- and an end to
over-exploitation and misuse of the earth's resources. Anyone knows that
the Cheney-Bush team is blowing smoke when they tell us that "...
conservation can't help, it'll just be too expensive to implement those
technologies..." While on the other hand, technology to develop and
deploy weapons to blow incoming ICBMs out of the sky are easy to come
Rosalind Renfrew, Ph.D.
Department of Wildlife
EcologyUniversity of Wisconsin -
Madison, WI 53706
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