Earth Hour – What to do in the dark?

I don’t know if everyone is in the same boat as me, but I realized that it was almost Earth Hour at 8:15 p.m., 15 minutes before it started! I really have no excuse, since the Embassy had sent out a management notice letting all employees know about Earth Hour and asking them to turn off their lights. We had followed up with a text message to the Embassy community as well.

Once I remembered that it was Earth Hour, I ran around and told my family to turn off the lights. It turned out that my 12 year old daughter was my great ally, as she then ran around the house like a police officer to make sure that people had actually turned everything off. Our cats raised no objection. We then spent Earth Hour talking, and then at the end we made some hand puppets using the light of a candle. All in all, not a bad way to spend Earth Hour, and quite likely more fun than if we had kept all the lights on like normal.

We were happy to join in Earth Hour, a global sustainability event which is celebrated in over 150 countries, and involves turning the lights off of national landmarks (like the Houses of Parliament, the Sydney Opera House, Golden Gate Bridge and the Great Pyramids of Giza). This year Earth Hour was celebrated March 29 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. A small gesture perhaps, but one that reminds us that perhaps it is not so bad to do without electricity every once in a while.