I wish I had put this up last week when I first read about but I hadn’t talked to Aaron about it yet and I didn’t want to look like I was participating until I knew for sure we were going to do it. Make sense? The kids are excited, they love when the power goes out and we read stories or play games by candle light. I’m hoping to find some joke books and kid’s short stories at the library tomorrow. Anyway, everyone try to join us if you feel so inclined. :)
This is copied from ecowomen’s blog (hope you don’t mind ladies)
Created to take a stand against the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.
On March 31 2007, the people of Sydney, Australia (2.2 million people) turned off their lights for one hour. More than 2,100 businesses switched off too. As a result, Sydney’s energy consumption was reduced by 10.2%. Even the Opera House turned off its famous lights, temporarily changing the Sydney Harbor’s beautiful skyline (see the two photos on the right). What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world.
In 2008, 24 cities around the world will participate in Earth Hour at 8pm on March 29.
Earth Hour is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.
As this idea catches the attention (and more importantly, participation) of more and more cities around the world, just imagine what Earth would like from space during that hour.
Recycla has a couple of suggestions for what you can do during Earth Hour:
- If you will be with your spouse or partner and no one else, it should be fairly obvious what you could do with your time for 60 minutes in the dark. Duh.
- If you will be with your family or friends, how about just simply talking or telling stories?
Recycla understands that you may not be able to participate 100% in Earth Hour, so she has some ideas for how you can at least cut back on your energy usage during that time:
- Don’t run the dishwasher, washing machine, or other large appliances.
- Turn off most of your lights, if not all. Enjoy the hour by the glow of candlelight.
- Turn off the TV, computer, and other electronics.
If you get a chance, visit the Earth Hour website. There’s a lot to learn there, not just about Earth Hour 2008, but about how you can make changes every day. You know, those things that Enviro Girl and Recycla keep urging you to do.
Updated to add: Earth Hour is from 8-9 p.m. local time, so it’s really a 24 hour event, with lights going off in a new time zone each hour. Also, the main Earth Hour website is a bit slow today, so here’s the Earth Hour (U.S.) website.