I sent the email below to the Vice Chancellor of the ANU, Professor Chubb, on 26 March. He hasn’t yet replied. Chubb’s email is a sad indication of the state of the University – supposedly a place of enlightenment.
Dear Professor Chubb
I read your letter (below) with concern. I always thought that a Church was the appropriate place for faith, not a University. What happened to the Enlightenment? The ANU is supposed to be a place of learning, not meaningless symbolism.
I can only imagine that you felt “forced” to write this due for reasons of political correctness.
From the Vice Chancellor, ANU
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2010 11:28 AM
Subject: Earth Hour Celebrations
This Saturday evening, the 27th of March from 8:30 to 9:30pm, the world will be switching off its lights in recognition of Earth Hour. ANU will join cities around the world in raising awareness of the issues surrounding climate change and energy consumption.
Accordingly, I ask each of you in the ANU community to do your bit by switching off all non-essential appliances and lighting before you leave your area for the weekend. These are actions that we can take every day to reduce our environmental impact, but they have special significance this weekend as we demonstrate that individual actions do make a difference.
ANU staff, students and guests are invited to mark the occasion by enjoying a free BBQ, music, dancing, drumming performances and a fire show on Fellows Oval from 6pm. Bring family, friends and a picnic blanket for a relaxed evening festival. ANU Earth Hour is supported by ANUgreen and the Climate Change Institute.
For more information on Earth Hour and to find out how ANU is reducing its environmental impact year round, please look on ANU Billboard and at our Environmental Management Plan found on the ANUgreen website.