If you see Pat Neff Hall at Baylor University go dark at 8:30 p.m. this Saturday (March 27) don't be alarmed; there is no power failure.
Baylor is joining in a worldwide effort to raise awareness of energy conservation by participating in Earth Hour 2010.
At 8:30 p.m. local time in all time zones, people around the world will come together by doing something quite simple - turning off their lights for one hour.
The effort symbolizes that by working together, people can make a positive impact in protecting their future and that of future generations.
Baylor's focus will be on one campus building to express the university's commitment to sustainability and conservation.Given all the controversy over the Climategate emails, I am skeptical about these sorts of "events," since they seem to be more cheerleading and self-congratulatory than the sort of critical posture a university should encourage about such controversial issues. Having said that, however, I fully embrace a philosophy of nature that encourages that we treat God's creation with respect. If that's all that Earth Hour is about, it's harmless (though you should read with the light on).