Celebrating “Earth Hour”

The third annual worldwide “Earth Hour” is tonight, March 28, 8:30-9:30 p.m. local time.

Folks are invited to shut off lights for the hour. The idea is to make a statement to conserve energy, and to promote better energy-conserving habits.

I first heard about it last year, and remembered it at the last minute. I was home writing, and caught the hour just in time. As one who makes it a lifestyle to conserve electricity, I made a discovery.

How much light I still do use. Even when writing, I’ll have the blue light from the computer, and light from a lamp or two.  Now I turned the computer off, and relied on candlelight. I gathered several candles around, and took pen to paper.

Everything seemed quieter, with such soft light. It made me realize that though I was conservative with electric lighting, I still was quite the consumer.

And I was one of millions.

Tonight, like last year, I’ll be among millions who shut off their lights — together. I’ll be part of a collective consciousness regarding preserving the earth’s resources.

While individuals around the world flick out lights, famous landmarks will go dark, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Empire State Building in New York City, the Sears Tower (yes, the Sears Tower!) in Chicago, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Everyone is invited to celebrate. All you have to do is flick out lights. Suggestions: a) use this quality alone time; write letters by candlelight; or take a bath by candlelight b) use it as quality time with your darling; take a walk under the stars, have a conversation by candlelight, or c) use it as quality time with friends by throwing a candlelight party.

There’s so much to  do when the lights are dim, and so much to learn and to be reminded.

What are you doing for Earth Hour? Please share.

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