Friday, March 25, 2011

Earth Hour in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea frequently inspires us to pause and think in unexpected ways. Take, for example, the country's participation in Earth Hour.

As reported in the Post Courier, one of Papua New Guinea's daily newspapers, Earth Hour is observed by many businesses in Port Moresby, the country's capital. It is likely that some lights are turned off in the larger provincial towns too.

As for the rest of the country, going without lights for an hour is not a widespread option. Most Papua New Guineans who live in rural areas do not have electricity.

The results of some quick online research indicates that about 1.6 billion people in the world live without electricity. That's nearly a quarter of Earth's population.

As we flick off our lights for an hour in an effort to bring attention to the heavy footprints being left on the planet, we might want to give some thought to the homes in Papua New Guinea and other countries where lights are never turned on.

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