Earth Hour

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 10.06.42 AMEarth Hour (Week #12)

The WHY:

In 2007, Earth Hour started as a “Lights out” event in Sydney Australia. More than 7,000 cities, 162 countries, and nearly 1.8 billion world citizens came together in 2014 to participate in Earth Hour and demonstrate their collective concern for the issues facing our planet.

I know turning off all your lights (LED or otherwise) for an hour is not going to decrease GHG emissions that much. Especially if you use paraffin candles (also fossil fuel) instead of bees wax or other more natural candles. It is a great opportunity to increase awareness about the catastrophic effects we are experiencing from global climate change and the importance of making smarter choices in our everyday lifestyles to remain resilient on a planet whose resources are diminishing daily.

In fact, I wish we had an Earth Week or Earth Month; then we all would have an increased awareness about climate change, up close and personal.

The WHAT:

This week, your challenge is to join them by turning off your lights for one hour on Saturday, March 28, at 8:30 PM. If you’re up for a bigger challenge than just one day, turn off the lights (plus other electronic devices) for one hour every night this week.

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The HOW:

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Note: Lighting petroleum based candles can release just as many GHG emissions as the electricity you would use, so stock up on beeswax candles instead.

Use Earth Hour to contemplate the impacts that energy use is having on the global climate, local environment, and livelihood of future generations.  Avoid the use of TVs, laptops, and other electronic devices during Earth Hour – avoiding these distractions can lead to some great conversations with friends and family!

The Deep Dive:

Learn more about earth hour…http://www.earthhour.org/Homepage.aspx

Learn more about the most natural candle waxes here.

Earth Hour’s History here.

Calculate your Carbon Emissions here.

Wikipedia’s Earth Hour post.

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