Thursday, March 27, 2014

Lights Out! Celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday March 29th

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a worldwide movement calling attention to environmental issues.  Participating is easy: simply turn off your lights from 8:30-9:30pm this Saturday, March 29th!  If you want to take it a step further, you can donate to a number of  Earth Hour crowdfunding projects that address a variety of environmental and conservation issues.  Check out the video below to learn more about this movement:

The Earth Hour campaign is a striking example of the way that people respond enthusiastically to a call to action.  Voluntarily turning off your lights for an hour is a simple request, to be sure, but I think it shows the overwhelming potential for people to mobilize worldwide to take action on environmental issues. Not only are millions of individuals participating, but nearly 7000 cities in 150+ countries worldwide also turn off their lights for Earth Hour. Even the Space Needle will be going dark! The fact that one organization can rally this many countries, cities, and individuals to participate in a movement addressing environmental issues should be a wake-up call to anyone doubting the willingness of our global society to take action. Just something to think about...

So, what is one to do for an entire hour with no lights?  Well, let's face it... if you're really going to get into the spirit of the movement, you'll be turning off your television, computers, and other electronics as well.  Here are some ideas of how to spend an hour sans electricity:

Light up your organic, free-trade, soy candles or click on those LED flashlights for some indoor activities:
  • Read a book, magazine or newspaper
  • Put together a puzzle
  • Sit down with friends, family members, and/or your significant other, and have a conversation.  An actual conversation. About anything.
  • Play a board or card game
  • Write down a list of ways to make your life "greener" to help the environment
  • Tell ghost stories
  • Meditate
  • Write a letter to a friend or family member.  You know, the kind you put in the mail with a stamp...
  • Draw or paint a picture
  • Play hide-and-seek
  • Write a poem 
  • Do yoga
  • Make shadow puppets
You don't have to confine your Earth Hour activities to the indoors. There are plenty of fun things to do outside, weather permitting!
  • Take some blankets and a thermos of hot chocolate outside and look at the stars.  Count how many satellites you see
  • Look at the moon through binoculars or a telescope
  • Round up some friends for a game of flashlight tag!
  • Search for Sasquatch... he's got to be out there somewhere, right?
  • Pull up a chair, close your eyes, and listen to the sounds of the world at night
  • Light up the backyard fire pit and roast some marshmallows
And of course, you can always spend this year's Earth Hour planning out a community event, fundraiser, or party for next year's Earth Hour!

The possibilities really are endless!  Just keep in mind that the Earth Hour movement is in large part about community, so use it as an opportunity to reach out to and spend quality time with friends, family and loved ones. If you can find a way to work in some aspect of conservation, going green, and environmental activities... so much the better!

What are your plans for Earth Hour? Share in the comments below!

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