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Feb 1st: Power-down for 5" - Participate in the biggest mobilization of Citizens Against Global Warming!

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Luther Blissett
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Jan 31 2007 22:07
Feb 1st: Power-down for 5" - Participate in the biggest mobilization of Citizens Against Global Warming!

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ M.Mead

On the 1st of February 2007
The Alliance for the Planet [a group of environmental associations] is calling on all citizens to create 5 minutes of electrical rest for the planet.
http://www.lalliance.fr

Power Down for 5 Minutes
People all over the world should turn off their lights and electrical appliances on the 1st of February 2007, between 1.55 pm and 2.00 pm in New York, 18.55pm for London, and 19.55pm for Paris, Bruxelles, and Italy, 20:55pm in Jerusalem, 22.25pm in Tehran 1.55pm in Ottawa, 10.55 am on the Pacific Coast of North America, 1.55am and 2.00 am in Vietnam.
(Use this to synchronise your power-down: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/)

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This is not just about saving 5 minutes worth of electricity; this is about getting the attention of the media, politicians, and ourselves

Five minutes of electrical down time for the planet: this does not take long, costs nothing, and will show all political leaders that global warming is an issue that needs to come first and foremost in political debate.

Why February 1st?
This is the day when the new UN report on global climate change will come out in Paris.
This event affects us all, involves us all, and provides an occasion to show how important an issue global warming is to us. If we all participate, this action can have real media and political weight.

Please circulate this call to your utmost ability to your network.

Caiman del Barrio
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Jan 31 2007 22:59
Luther Blissett wrote:
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ M.Mead

Absolute bullshit.

Luther Blissett
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Feb 1 2007 00:07
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I think this is a really worthwhile thing, hopefully with some commitment we can make it an annual event like No Shop Day.

Still loving that 'Dry as a drought' sense of humour that I've come to expect from you, revol68, yet you have made an important, valid point re. the hypocrisy of Buy Nothing Day, with it's glossy posters, international ad campaign, minimal ideological appeal, lifestylist ,one day a year where reality is likely that people buy beforehand to compensate for BND, so effectively they are still consumers.

However, these two campaigns are not alike. The "Power Down for 5" is more comparable to fasting, where nothing is consumed or bought - superior ideologically, and as uptake increases, then so can frequency and length. Knowledge of it is spread by word of mouth - by sending an email off to all your contacts, telling your neighbours, friends, family, etc.

Ever the optimist, I think it possible to actually increase the timespan and the frequency of this as well as the uptake of an action such as this before the year is through - and this is beyond lifestylist - your whole family and milieu can join in this protest w/o leaving their homes.

Five Minutes is a good start. I'll be thinking of you at 19:43pm when I turn our power off at the mains for a full 5. I'll probably run outside to see how many of my neighbours supported it.

Simple, effective, it will wow all the little Blissett's too, and bring it home to them just how dependent we are on the power corps, and they on us.

There is a pressing the need is to take effective action to cut emmissions, not only because of the accelerated increase in temperatures since the industrial revolution, or the rapidity of glacial melt. Sure, these are part of an existing earth cycles, although whether the glaciers will ever reform again is up for debate. Today, there's more mercury to be had from a seal's liver these days than there is from mercury ore. Dioxins and pollutants in the ocean are causing acidification to the extent where all marine life is suffering.

So I'll be turning our power off for 5" on 1st Feb (that's today) at the allotted time, and hopefully, this campaign will grow.

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Feb 1 2007 00:10

I really dont know why u posted this on these forums.

Either way you posted in the wrong forum, which shows whatever you think about light switches you find it hard to follow simple guidelines. I moved it to the correct forum.

Luther Blissett
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Feb 1 2007 00:14

Thanks rkn, I was probably thinking about how to orchestrate uptake down my own street, and was thinking 'organise' but sure, it's an event/notice, so apologies.

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Feb 1 2007 00:14

no problem.

Luther Blissett
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Feb 1 2007 00:25
Caiman del Barrio wrote:
Luther Blissett wrote:
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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ M.Mead

Absolute bullshit.

Raoul Vaneigem wrote:
The Revolution of Everyday Life:
Impossible Realisation or Power as the Sum of Seductions
Chapter 12 "Sacrifice"

Where constraint breaks people, and mediation makes fools of them, the seduction of power is what makes them love their oppression.

Because of it people give up their real riches:

(a) for a cause that mutilates them [chapter twelve],
(b) for an imaginary unity that fragments them [chapter thirteen],
(c) for an appearance that reifies them [chapter fourteen],
(d) for roles that wrest them from authentic life [chapter fifteen],
(e) for a time whose passage defines and confines them [chapter sixteen].
http://library.nothingness.org/articles/SI/en/display/42

Caiman del Barrio
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Feb 2 2007 22:51

That book's in the Libcom library too y'know. And I've read it, so I know that Vaneigem was a staunch supporter of proletarian mass movements, not small "enlightened" elites undertaking symbolic self-gratifying hippyfests.

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Feb 4 2007 18:35

Not only is Alan right about Vaneigem being a supporter of mass movements, it actually has fuck all to do with anything that anybody has said here. Why post it?

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Feb 4 2007 18:38
Luther Blissett wrote:
However, these two campaigns are not alike. The "Power Down for 5" is more comparable to fasting

So what you're saying is that it's a bit like fasting in protest of the government doing nothing to aleviate a famine? Even more true than you seem to realise, come to think of it.