Wouldn’t that be great!?! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all it took to save the planet, end global climate change, decrease our collective carbon footprint, and preserve our resources for future generations, was to turn off the lights for an hour?? Unfortunately, that is not going to be enough to save the planet but it is certainly a step in the right direction.
So maybe participating in Earth Day seems like a hurdle, so why not try out Earth Hour and see how it goes. It is minimal impact on you and sends a big message to the rest of the plant (and maybe beyond as when done collectively, this impact can be seen in space).
Here’s how it works…
On March 26th at 8:30 PM (local time) just go around and turn off all your lights. Just for one hour. You can turn them on at 9:30 PM unless you want to overachieve and go for two hours (I know you Type A personalities are out there). That’s easy, right?
So what does that do?
Nothing sends a signal like turning off the lights (remember when the teacher did that to get you to be quiet in class?) By participating, you are sending a signal to your fellow earthlings, politicians, and global leaders, as well as the universe, that you care and you want action.
It also raises your family’s awareness of what is like to live without something many of us take for granted. With all that is happening around the globe, especially the trauma that our fellow earthlings in Japan are experiencing, this gives us a chance to pause and support them in their battles.
From Earth Hour: “Every year Earth Hour asks individuals, businesses and communities worldwide to show their commitment to the environment. This Earth Hour, we hope you will turn off your lights. But when the lights go back on, we want you to go beyond the hour and think about what you can change in your daily life that will benefit the planet. Let’s work together to create a better future. Our actions can add up.”
Earth Hour YouTube Video (Click to watch)
After the lights come back on think how you can go beyond the hour. Here are some ideas:
- Pledge your support to a local or global environmental organization
- Join up with a local or global organization – volunteering is as good as money
- Shop for sustainable products
- Think Energy Efficiency every day – turn off lights, unplug unused appliances
- Take action to curb climate change – change lightbulbs to CFLs or LEDs, participate in a local RePower initiative (we have one in our community now)
- Share your experiences! Feel free to post a comment here or on the Camp 4 Facebook page – we would love to hear about your thoughts and experiences. You can also tweet all about it and follow the conversation at #Earthhour
We hope that you take this small step to signal that you are ready for a collective change. We’ll see you in the dark on March 26th!
Sustainably yours, Camp 4