Why I Celebrated Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2013I was talking to some people this week about Earth Hour and none of them knew what it was. I explained that it was an hour where you shut off and unplug everything in your home to conserve energy.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney Australia, to show the impact of not using power for one hour. With interest so high to have worldwide event the World Wildlife Federation worked hard to promote the event. In 2008, the first year I participated, Earth Hour was held in 371 cities and towns in more than 35 countries globally at 8pm-9pm. A highly conservative estimate concludes that 50 million people participated. This number could have been as high as 100 million people. As the years progressed and gained popularity WWF added a way for people to publicly pledge to make an eco-friendly change in their lifestyle hoping to move the event beyond the hour.

There is a great deal of discussion, even among environmentalist’s, as to what impact Earth Hour has and why participate? [Read more...]

Fun Things To Do For Earth Hour

toronto-earth-hourEarth Hour is Saturday March 23rd at 8:30 pm local time!

Earth Hour started in Australia in 2004 and has spread around the world every year since. All you do is shut off everything in your house for an hour. In America I cannot say that it has really caught on. I am not sure if you know anyone who has ever participated. I participated in Earth Hour a few times over the past few years and I hope more people do this year. Five years ago we went to our neighbors house and had a nice dinner by candlelight (we made sure our lights were out before we walked over to their house). Show your support and go to EarthHour.org to say you are participating. [Read more...]

Watts One Hour Really Mean?

This shows you how much energy you can save by participating in Earth Hour

Shut Everything Off on Saturday for One Hour

Earth Hour is Saturday March 31st at 8:30 pm local time!

Earth Hour started in Australia in 2004 and has spread around the world every year since. All you do is shut off everything in your house for an hour. In America I cannot say that it has really caught on. I am not sure if you know anyone who has ever participated. I participated in Earth Hour a few times over the past few years and I hope more people do this year. Four years ago we went to our neighbors house and had a nice dinner by candlelight (we made sure our lights were out before we walked over to their house).

There are lots of fun things you can do for Earth Hour:

  • Have your friends over for a barbecue. Cooler full of drinks and a grill to cook the food, who needs electricity.
  • For those of us in the north light a fire in the fireplace, make smores and just enjoy the company of the ones you are with.
  • Have friends over and play board games by candlelight (or flashlight).
  • Camp out in the backyard.
  • If there is a planetarium near your home contact them. Many around the country are doing special star gazing events or go to for more information: http://stardate.org/nightsky/ or http://skymaps.com/downloads.html
  • Try and organize a neighborhood wide block party or barbecue and get everyone to shut off their lights. It would be a good way to get to know your neighbors right!
  • You could use the time to change all the light-bulbs if you have not done so already or make other energy-efficient changes in your home.
  • If you have kids let them have a sleep over and do fun things with the kids by candle light to help them learn more about the environment.

How to prepare:

Shut off all your lights (this is the basic way to celebrate)

Unplug all your lights, appliances… everything… yes you will need to re-program your alarm clock, your cable box will take a half an hour to load the guides back into your box, and you will have to climb behind your furniture and move things to do this but this step is what really saves the energy. As you probably know even when your lights and appliances are not on they are still using electricity.

Image: The skyline of Toronto during Earth Hour and on a normal night.

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