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Saturday, 5 February 2011

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Joseph Swann and Thomas Edison Would Be Okay With This, Right?

EARTH - Wanting to wonder our of his bathroom is Neil Fairbanks. He has left the light on, and shrugs and says that 'it's only one light bulb'.

Nearly 2 billion people were thinking the exact same thing.

"It's no biggie," said New Yorker, Sheila Rogers. "I'm gonna go back to the study anyway." This echoed the same thinking behind Kolkata resident Rajesh Kunal, and Manchester resident Joan Mitchells.

"It's nothing," dismissed a third of the planet's human population.

Many people were thinking that leaving the bulb on is okay, citing that constant on-offs will burnt it out quicker, that it won't affect the planet's delicate ecosystem much and its energy-efficient. It's just one light bulb, right?

Most agreed that there was nothing to worry about.

After all, what is an extra 200 thousand metric tonnes of C02, methane, and other pollutants worth anyway?

Besides, many would say, there are more important things to do, maybe mow the garden, feed the children, stuff like that.

At least, many convinced themselves, that it wasn't CFCs from fridges or those old cathode-ray tube televisions. They are making a big effort, yeah? What is possibly a few minutes extra on for a light bulb?

No damage to the environment whatsoever. No seas will shift because of this one tiny little light-bulb, said the planet cheerfullly, as they drove two km to the shops, put a shirt in the washing machine, and boiled up a litre of water for tonight's cup of tea.

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