Saturday, March 24, 2012

Adapting Earth Hour

On March 31, 2012, at 8:30 p.m., Earth Hour will celebrate a worldwide commitment to ongoing change for the betterment of the one thing that unites us all - the planet. Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history - Earth Hour encourages individuals and families to turn off their lights for one hour to take a stand against climate change.

It's a great idea, and one encouraged by Girl Scouts nationwide, except there is one problem: It hits at bedtime. If it's already lights-out, it defeats the purpose of them participating!

So while we did commit to doing Earth Hour this year, we're adapting it in our home to earlier in the day. Here's what we're planning:
  • Eat a cooking-free meal (salad? PB&J?)
  • Lights and A/C or heat off (if they are on)
  • No TV, computer or cell phones

How are you celebrating this year?


Michelle @ Green Earth Bazaar said...

That's an excellent point you make about the event taking place at night - it seems a bit silly. We're good at conserving resources, so I'm not sure what we'll do to make the occasion different from our normal routine.

Daisy said...

How about spreading compost and turning garden soil as my contribution? We're using garden shovels, not a gas-powered roto-tiller.

Amber Strocel said...

I've actually had kids refuse to go to bed because they were too excited by Earth Hour. I love the suggestions for adapting it!


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