Earth Hour is Saturday March 27th at 8:30 pm local time!
Last year and the year before I participated in Earth Hour and I hope more people do this year too. Two years ago we went to our neighbors house and had a nice dinner by candlelight (we made sure our lights were out before we walked over to their house).
There are lots of fun things you can do for Earth Hour:
- Have your friends over for a barbecue. Cooler full of drinks and a grill to cook the food, who needs electricity.
- For those of us in the north light a fire in the fireplace, make smores and just enjoy the company of the ones you are with.
- Have friends over and play board games by candlelight (or flashlight).
- Camp out in the backyard.
- If there is a planetarium near your home contact them. Many around the country are doing special star gazing events or go to for more information: http://stardate.org/nightsky/ or http://skymaps.com/downloads.html
- Try and organize a neighborhood wide block party or barbecue and get everyone to shut off their lights. It would be a good way to get to know your neighbors right!
- You could use the time to change all the light-bulbs if you have not done so already or make other energy efficient changes in your home.
- If you have kids let them have a sleep over and do fun things with the kids by candle light to help them learn more about the environment. The EPA has a great website for kid activities http://www.epa.gov/kids/index.htm
How to prepare:
- Shut off all your lights (this is the basic way to celebrate)
- Unplug all your lights, appliances… everything… yes you will need to re-program your alarm clock, your cable box will take a half an hour to load the guides back into your box, and you will have to climb behind your furniture and move things to do this but this step is what really saves the energy. As you probably know even when your lights and appliances are not on they are still using electricty.
Here is some news about Earth Hour from WWF:
In the U.S., 26 states have officially pledged to observe Earth Hour: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Is your state missing from this list? Get your state on board!
Hundreds of Monuments
Lights will be dimmed at some of the U.S.’s most iconic landmarks including Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, Sea World in Orlando, the Las Vegas Strip, New York’s Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral, California’s Santa Monica Pier, and the Space Needle in Seattle. Internationally the Brandenburg Gate, Eiffel Tower, Hiroshima Peace Memorial, India Gate, and the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE are all participating.
Look outside on Saturday night and see how many of your neighbors have their lights out! It would be great if there was more marketing on the environmental organizations part for people to display that they were going to participate ahead of time so that there might be some discussion in your neighborhood about what Earth Hour is.
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