Can you turn off your lights for just one hour?

Planet Earth

On Saturday, March 29, 2008, people from around the world will join together for Earth Hour 2008 and turn off their lights from 8 to 9 p.m. (your local time) to reduce greenhouse gases and raise awareness about global warming.

Last year Earth Hour 2007 was a Sydney, Australia event where 2.2 million people and 2,100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour. This year it’s getting worldwide attention and millions of people in some of the world’s major capital cities, including Copenhagen, Toronto, Chicago, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tel Aviv, will unite and turn off their lights for Earth Hour.

If your kids are still up at 8 p.m., you can make Earth Hour into a fun family event.
Candles

  • Light some candles (out of reach of the kids)
  • Have a “camp out” in your living room
  • Play a game like Hide and Go Seek
  • Talk about your day
  • Talk with your children about why you are turning off your lights for an hour
  • Try to do their normal bedtime routine in the dark or by candlelight (We did a dry run of this Monday night and Ava loved it!)
  • Go outside and look at the stars
  • Just enjoy the time together

And if your kids are NOT still up at 8 p.m. (lucky!), then by all means, enjoy a nice quiet candle-lit evening with your significant other. I won’t give you a list of activities. Surely you can figure something out. (Makes me wonder if we’ll see an “Earth Hour baby boom” 9 months from now.) ;)

Will you pledge to turn off your lights for just one hour?

  • Sign up for Earth Hour and then tell a friend or two. Together, our small actions can make a big difference.

Earth Hour doesn’t have to end at 9 p.m. on Saturday, you can incorporate it into your everyday life by doing little things like:

  • turn off lights when you leave a room;
  • switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs;
  • turn off appliances when not in use;
  • unplug things like cell phone chargers, the toaster, microwave and TV when they aren’t in use;
  • use less hot water;
  • switch to green power.

Every little bit helps to reduce global warming.

Hope you’ll join me and millions of others in the dark on Saturday! Don’t forget to sign up so you are officially counted.

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29 thoughts on “Can you turn off your lights for just one hour?

  1. I signed up for this last month and was a little disappointed to see I was only the 7th person from my city. I am hopeful that more people plan on participating, but simply did not register.

  2. I am a little crazy about lights so once the kids are in bed, we work with maybe one lamp on.

    Maybe we will do this plus an hour earlier with the kids!

  3. I signed up a week ago. It will be a challenge to do it ’cause hubby will be in Ireland while I attempt to get a 2 yr old and 8 month old to bed without using a TV to entertain 2 yr old for 10 min while I nurse the baby… I’ll be sure to blog about it afterwards Sat. night.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this!

    I will definitely be participating this year :). Boyfriend’s going to be working late that night, so I think a nice, long, candlelit soak is going to be in order.

  5. My fiance and I tried this for lent and it worked out really well. Everything seems to slow down ( we don’t have kids) and it is easier to relax by candlelight without a TV or computer on. It was a great time to reconnect and catch up with one another.

    N.

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  6. What a great idea!
    And I love how you have written about it, too. If you don’t mind, can I use some of your post on my blog? I’ll give credit where it is due, of course ;-)

  7. Thanks so much for this tip! I am looking forward to it. Normally we wait for a power outage to whip out the ambiance lighting, but knowing that we’re helping with global warming makes this an even more exciting event. I have marked my calendar!

  8. We’re going through one toddler being afraid of the dark, so this would be bad timing for us to try baths and bedtime in the candlelight (and I’m not sure I would be comfy with two toddlers in a dark bathtub).

    What I can do is pass the word on, though, and have DH and I keep lights off excepting their nightlight once they are asleep.

  9. We plan on participating!! Posted about it earlier this week. I’m very curious as to how my little ones are going to take it though. Maybe it will be a good time to get them to bed, not! LOL :)

  10. I’m so glad you were able to post about this! Check out Google.com – they’ve “turned the lights out” already!! :D

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  12. I love your blog. I wite for a site also in the Going Green area! Reading your blog I would think we were somehow related! I am all about Going Green,Tree Huging,and Omega 3′s!!!!

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