Personal Earth Hour

A spokesman at the northern Illinois ComEd said that Earth Hour 2009, celebrated March 28th, resulted in a 1% reduction in usage — 154,000 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

That’s pretty swell, for one hour.

How nice it would be to celebrate this once a month (if not every day!).

My friend Barbara told me that she, regretfully, missed Earth Hour. I suggested she have a personal Earth Hour. Just as the one on March 28th, she could enjoy a candlelight hour — alone or with friends. She could still add her own personal contribution to the effort. It’s a fulfilling gesture, all the way around.

Last night I received an e-mail from my friend, Dee, who said she planned to celebrate an Earth Hour every month, likely at the beginning of the month.

These are great ideas. While on the 28th, many of us made a grand gesture, the rest of the year, we may be making our private gestures to conserve resources, one Earth Hour at a time.

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