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Turn off the light, please.

Tonight, an unique event takes place in The Netherlands. This annual event, called Nacht van de Nacht (Night of the Night), is hold by Provinciale Milieufederaties (Environment Federations of Dutch Provinces) and Stichting Natuur en Milieu (Foundation of Nature and Environment). Nacht van de Nacht is an effort to bring back the beauty of the dark during the night in this country.

The Netherlands by night

The Netherlands by night

 

For those who wonder why is this so important? Please read some information below:

  • there are less dark places at night left in the Netherlands (greenhouses lighted all night long, enligthed advertisingpilars and streetlights are almost everywhere)
  • humans and animals can not sleep well because of the light in the night
  • unnecessary use of electricity (think of the neon lights at night along routes where people barely pass by)
  • the beautiful starry nights (as one which was ever painted by Van Gogh) are hardly seen

    Starry Night/Sterrenhemel by Van Gogh

    Starry Night/Sterrenhemel by Van Gogh

Participation on this are free & voluntarily. Many Dutch municipalities organise interesting activities related to this theme. Even the big IKEA has promised to turn off its lights on its show rooms.

More information about this initiative is on this website.

5 thoughts on “Turn off the light, please.

  1. Aku pulang dini hari tadi lewat jembatan erasmus dan bener, lampunya mati. Biasanya erasmus dan sekitarnya bling bling tapi malam ini gelap. Hehehehe.

    Lumayan jg buat penghematan energi karena kebetulan jg malem ini jam istirahatnya nambah satu jam. :p

  2. Di OZ juga ada namanya Earth Hour, initiated by Leo Burnett (Adv Agency) in Sidney yang ternyata sukses dan jadi diikutin oleh beberapa negara, tujuan utamanya sih untuk save the electricity dalam rangka make a difference for global warming. We joined this event by go totally dark at home for an hour and go out to the mall :))

    Check out the website here: http://www.earthhour.org/

  3. Lorraine, disini repotnya kalau serba gelap kejahatan rampok beraksi. Terang aja berani, apalagi gelap? Padahal meminimalkan pemakaian tenaga listrik seharusnya jadi satu kebiasaan ya.

  4. @ G, memang menarik dan romantis. Apalagi waktu itu terang Bulan.

    @ Chris, wah gelap dong Erasmus Brug lampunya ngga on. Di havennya gelap juga ngga?

    @ Ky, tapi di Mallnya ngga gelap? Thanks for the link. Nanti gw liat.

    @ El, bukan hanya kejahatan & rampok. Tanpa aksi seperti ini di Indonesiapun sering toch byar pet, PLN = Perusahaan Lilin Negara.

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