Voluntary Rolling Blackout

I got the following Email a while ago:

In protest of George W. Bush's energy policies and lack of emphasis on efficiency, conservation and alternative fuels, there will be a voluntary rolling blackout on the first day of summer, June 21 at 7pm - 10pm in any time zone (this will roll it across the planet). It's a simple protest and a symbolic act. Turn out your lights from 7pm-10pm on June 21. Unplug whatever you can unplug in your house. Light a candle to the sungod, kiss and tell, make love, tell ghost stories, do something instead of watching television, have fun in the dark. Forward this email as widely as possible, to your government representatives and environmental contacts. Let them know we want global education, participation and funding in conservation, efficiency and alternative fuel efforts -- and an end to over exploitation and misuse of the earth's resources.

I will be participating in this blackout. This means that all the computers and other electrical equipment in our house will be turned off from 7 to 10 local time (June 21, 23:00 GMT to June 22, 02:00 GMT). In addition, I will replace the Web sites I am maintaining (including this one) with a message stating that the Web site is deactivated for the duration of the blackout. Although this action is even more symbolic than the whole voluntary rolling blackout itself, I believe it accentuates the protest.

For more information on the Voluntary Rolling Blackout, see also Roll Your Own Blackout on the Citizens for Legitimate Government http://www.legitgov.org/ site.

Download a PDF flyer from http://www.legitgov.org/graphics/blackout_flyer.pdf.

Eric Grivel egrivel@acm.org.