This is one of the most ignorant and plain old stupid opinion pieces I've ever come across. File this under Gary Larson's old header "People Unclear On the Concept."
I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. ... The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity. Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism. ... I like visiting nature but I don’t want to live there, and I refuse to accept the idea that civilization with all its tradeoffs is something to be ashamed of. (The entire argument is here.)
Here are my two favorite replies from the comments of this editorial, one longer one shorter:
Starvation and malnutrition used to be universal killers, and were responsible for short lifespans ridden with diseases most of us have never heard of.
That doesn't mean we should waste food; we need to appreciate what we have, and be cognizant of the cost of that food.
Electricity is the same way. Some is produced by hydro electric, some by coal, some by nuclear, and a bit by solar and wind. There is a cost involved, and though that cost is not wrapped up into the price we pay for the electricity - it's externalized to society (and the world) as a whole. Dirty air, radiation (coal power produces radiation as well), dead birds (wind), damaged river systems (hydro electric), etc.
Earth hour is meaningless in the amount of electricity it saves, but it's purposeful in that it reminds us that it has a cost, both short term on our electrical bill, and long term in the degradation to the environment that supports us.