Last year I posted an idea called “Screen Save the Planet” and made up some stats about how if Google changed their homepage background from white to black, it would save something like 40 trillion gallons of oil or something like that. Well, looks like someone at the big G is finally listening to me – check out Google’s all-black homepage today! It’s in support of “Earth Hour“, which encourages everyone to turn off your lights tonight for one hour.
Of course, the irony of this whole thing (which an astute reader pointed out in the comments of my original post) is that modern computer screens use the same amount of energy regardless of the background color. Still, it’s a great cause, and big props to Google for using their enormous influence to draw attention to a worthy cause.