Why turn off lights for Earth Day when California is already growing dark?

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Earth Day 2024 is today and Californians are being encouraged to turn off their lights. For now, it would be a voluntary exercise in futility. In a few years, though, maybe even this summer, the lights will go out on their own, as the grid becomes shakier while the state plunges into a dim future.

“Lights out” is primarily associated with Earth Hour, which usually arrives on the last Saturday in March. “Individuals from around the globe” are expected to turn “off their lights to show symbolic support for the planet and to raise awareness of the environmental issues affecting it.” Los Angeles has marked Earth Hour by turning off the lighted gateway pylons that lead to Los Angeles International Airport. City Hall, where critics would say the lights don’t shine too brightly anyway, has also flipped the switch. The 174,000 LED lights of the Pacific Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier, the only solar-powered Ferris wheel in the world, have turned off to “honor” Earth.

But Earth Day, which has been around since 1970, also has its own tribute to primitive living. Earth Day “tips” from local governments include turning off lights when leaving a room and unplugging electronics that aren’t in use. Schools observe Earth Day by disconnecting and shutting down technology.

Click to read the full article in The Orange County Register.

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