Lights Out for an hour Saturday at 8 pm
Just in case you aren't aware of it, Earth Hour is encouraging everyone to turn off the lights for an hour at 8 pm LOCAL TIME Saturday night. The program was created by World Wildlife Fund, for whom my kids play their instruments to fundraise at the Farmer's Market each summer. (Yes, that was unrelated to everything except my little bit of pride in my kids -- hey give a mom a break, okay?) Earth Hour is designed for multiple reasons -- the obvious one of immediately cutting carbon emissions, of course, and pointing out to us all that we really don't need to use as much power as we necessarily think we do. And then there's simply the idea that bringing our focused attention to the issue of climate change might bring about ideas for and actual change as well.
So what are you waiting for? It's only an hour -- Sign up now.
(I just want to know, though, if it'll really make a difference for us to turn off our lights when we're already off the grid. Regardless, we'll be participating if only to have another opportunity to discuss climate change with the afore-mentioned instrument-playing kids, who already wake up in the morning and look outside to see if it's sunny or windy (and thus a "good power" day) or if we're going to want to be a bit more careful...)