Edward Norton Compares 'Symbolic' Global Warming Event to Selma's 'Bloody Sunday'
You too can save the planet from the effects of carbon emissions by participating in the symbolic gesture of turning off one light switch at a time for Earth Hour on March 28.
That’s the message from actor Edward Norton, the official
“You’re right. The act of turning out the lights for an hour – is, it’s not an act of conservation,” Norton said. “It’s not, um, meant to say that, ‘By doing this, we’re going to solve the problem.’ I think it’s a symbolic act of global unity, of highlighting the number of people who do think this is one of the central issues of our time and motivating our leaders to take, um, purposeful and aggressive action on this issue.”
Norton even compared the symbolic act to a famous civil rights march.
“If you think about things in our national history, the march on Selma in the Civil Rights Movement, the march itself, unlike some of the boycotts they did was not a, was not an act in itself meant to change the problem. It was a symbolic act and I think this is for my generation, for many people around the world who care about this issue, I think we’re looking for those kind of symbolic acts that show how many people are, are concerned about this.”
As the official
On March 7, 1965, 500 people were set to march from Selma, Ala. to Montgomery, Ala. to protest the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson, an individual protesting the incarceration of a local civil rights leader. The march made it six blocks, across the
Two other marches occurred and it wasn’t until the third attempt, after one death that the march was successful, which occurred under the protection of 2,000 soldiers of the U.S. Army, members of the F.B.I. and members of the Alabama National Guard serving under federal command.
The marches were viewed as the peak of emotional tension during the Civil Rights Movement and the publicity generated from them are credited for making it possible for President Lyndon Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965 months later.
Larry King did remind Norton that the “symbolic” Earth Hour event has its limits. The CNN host wanted Norton to tell people not to turn off their car lights if they were driving.
“This is about turning off your non-essential lighting at home, making the urban landscape go a little darker,” Norton said. “The