Extinction des feux ?

RIO DE JANEIRO – Dès lors qu’il s’agit d’environnement, il ne faut pas compter sur notre bon sens. Notre incapacité à avoir les idées claires en la matière prêterait à sourire si les répercussions potentielles n’étaient pas si graves.

Prenons l’exemple de la campagne « Earth hour », censée sensibiliser la population mondiale au problème du réchauffement climatique en exhortant les citoyens de 27 grandes villes à éteindre les lumières durant une heure. Des dizaines d’entreprises et de municipalités ont participé à l’opération ; même les familles royales du Danemark et de Suède ont plongé leurs nombreux palais dans le noir. Le WWF n’a donc pas tardé à parler de succès retentissant. Les journaux du monde entier ont consciencieusement relaté les histoires émouvantes de fervents environnementalistes au moment où les lumières se sont éteintes.

Pour ne pas gâcher la fête, il semblerait que personne n’ose faire remarquer que l’événement était extrêmement futile, qu’il met en lumière une horrible métaphore et qu’il a causé encore plus de pollution.

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