Leaving the lights on

Imagine how much electricity it would take to illuminate 23 miles of tunnels for eight years.

All because someone forgot to turn off the lights.

Somewhere underneath London, there’s a vast abandoned rail network used until 2003 by the Royal Mail. It’s now abandoned, but as urban explorers have recently discovered, the lights are still on… below, some comments extracted from the Placehacking blog:

  1. Ben23 Says:
    May 23rd, 2011 at 8:25 pm I’m intrigued that all the lights are on in the photos. Did you find them that way, or switch them on yourselves?
  2. Goblinmerchant Says:
    May 25th, 2011 at 3:21 pm They were switched on. It is amazing though how many abandoned places still have electricity flowing to them.

Of course, when the authorities discover that urban explorers have found their way into places like this, they usually react swiftly, probably not so much because of concern about public property or safety, but more likely because they have been made to look foolish.

I’m not so much interested in that reaction, though, so much as this quintessential example of how much energy our civilisation wastes – still wastes – many, many years after supposedly acknowledging the reality and danger of climate change.

About David

I am an environmental writer, journalist and speaker living in Cape Town, South Africa.
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