#ShowYourStripes

#ShowYourStripes. “These ‘warming stripe’ graphics are visual representations of the change in temperature as measured in each country over the past 100+ years. Each stripe represents the temperature in that country averaged over a year. For most countries, the stripes start in the year 1901 and finish in 2018. For the UK, USA, Switzerland & Germany, the data starts in the late 19th century. […] For each country, the average temperature in 1971-2000 is set as the boundary between blue and red colours, and the colour scale varies from +/- 2.6 standard deviations of the annual average temperatures between 1901-2000.”

It’s interesting to see how the average temperature for the globe is much more dramatic than any of the smaller areas I chose.

Earth Hour 2011 — Don’t Fool Yourself

There are many good reasons to turn off your lights tonight for Earth Hour:

  • Decrease light pollution in your community1
  • Save money on your electricity bill
  • Decrease dependence on foreign oil
  • Affect global climate change

As a practical matter, there are much better ways to save money and decrease energy usage than turning off your lights for an hour once a year:

  • Take shorter, cooler showers
  • Combine multiple car trips into one
  • Ride your bike or walk
  • Improve your house’s insulation and weatherstripping

Turn out your lights tonight if you want your neighbors to think you care. But don’t fool yourself — there are better ways you can make a difference.

How are you observing Earth Hour? What are better ways to save energy?


  1. If you’re into awareness events, don’t miss International Dark Sky Week — April 1-8.