What will you do for Earth Hour this year? How about a candle-lit dinner, an evening without the TV and computer, and perhaps sitting outside looking at the stars instead? In someone else’s blog, I came across some wonderful suggestions, including throwing an Earth Hour party or turning off all electronics, not just lights. They also suggested going beyond that, and having an Earth Hour every week.
Of course there is the flipside: another blogger said they will be turning on all their lights and using all their electronics, because there’s no such thing as global warming and the climate has always changed. You’ll have to forgive me for not adding a link to their post – I didn’t want to spread the rubbish any further.
For some reason, there seems to be a debate (in New Zealand, at least) about the purpose of Earth Hour. Apparently someone on TV said it’s not about saving power, so some people seem to take that as an incentive to try and use more power…
According to their website, Earth Hour really isn’t about energy or carbon reduction. That makes sense, doesn’t it? One hour a year of turning off lights really won’t go a long way towards carbon reduction.
In WWF’s own words, Earth Hour is a symbolic action. It’s about raising awareness of sustainability and environmental issues, including climate change. And it’s about making lifestyle changes towards sustainability – taking the first step is as easy as turning off your lights.
By switching off your lights for Earth Hour, you are acknowledging and celebrating your commitment to do something more for the planet that goes beyond the hour. That’s what I’ll be doing!