Media Advisory: March 29 Earth Hour Should Be Renamed ‘Dark Hour – A Sign of the Times’

Published March 28, 2008

The Queensland, Australia-based Carbon Sense Coalition today came out in support of “lights out” during Earth Hour (Saturday, March 30), but recommended the time should be renamed “Dark Hour” and suggested consumers also should forgo the consumption of gasoline and diesel during this period.

Viv Forbes, chairman of the Carbon Sense Coalition, said consumers should spend the hour they sit in the dark–with no transportation, no heating or air conditioning, no television, radio, or Internet, and no coffee or cold drinks–remembering the contribution that carbon fuels have made to modern society.

“And while contemplating this hour of darkness, they should steel themselves for the hour when, if the global warming alarmists have their way, this will become a necessity not a nicety,” Forbes said.

Forbes continued, “The only thing that lifted mankind from the Stone Age was carbon energy from coal, oil, and gas–for heating; for steam power; for electricity and water; for mining, smelting, and refining of metals; for transport on land, sea, and air; for lighting, heating, cooling, and communications; for production of food and chemicals; and for power for processing and manufacturing.”

He added, “All of this comfort, safety, convenience, and prosperity are now threatened by hysterical claims that man’s carbon emissions can and should be stopped. Even though the weather records and the science deny the doomsday forecasts, the politicians, like lemmings, are leading us over the Greenhouse Cliff.”

The Carbon Sense Coalition is a voluntary group of individuals concerned about how carbon is incorrectly portrayed in Western societies, particularly in government, the media, and in business circles.

For more information, contact Viv Forbes, chairman, Carbon Sense Coalition,
[email protected], or visit the group’s Web site at

The Carbon Sense Coalition was a cosponsor of the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, which attracted more than 500 scientists, economists, and policy analysts to New York City March 2-4, 2008. For more information and audio from the conference, visit