Wed, Jul 04, 2007 - Page 8 News List

`Light out' is a symbol for change

By Chung Kuo-Hui 鍾國輝

The objective of Lights Out Day should not be changed, but it could be improved on. By the same token, I don't fully agree with the point of view of the documentary An Inconvenient Truth, but I do see the educational value in marketing environmental issues.

Even Leonardo DiCaprio's The 11th Hour, which will hit theaters this fall, features interviews with academics who started the discussion about the global warming crisis. I applaud former US vice president Al Gore and DiCaprio, who use their political influence and celebrity status to make movies about the environment.

While turning off the lights of big buildings for Lights Out Day may not be a great idea, what matters most is that individuals or companies that participate in such activities should follow through in their concern for the environment. Individuals and companies alike should do theirbest to make the world a better place in many different areas and on different levels. That is the best "lights out" action.

Chung Kuo-Hui is a doctoral student at National Taiwan University's Graduate Institute of Building and Planning.

Translated by Anna Stiggelbout

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