I’m sitting here on Saturday, March 23rd. It’s 8:00pm and I’m enjoying Earth Hour. The candles are lit, popcorn is popped, books are being read all while comfy on the couch with blankets. It’s a cozy night in with my fiance, and I love it. Time to relax, cherish relationships and rekindle memories of simpler times is necessary every once in awhile. Whenever we get caught up in work, endless days that drag on or issues that never seem to go away, I recommend spending some time like this. Even if it isn’t Earth Hour, we could all benefit from using less electricity in our lives – so why not make it a monthly or even weekly occurrence? I think I’ll do it. Start with once a month spending an evening electricity free. That sounds refreshing. I feel more relaxed already
If you didn’t hear, Vancouver has been named Global Earth Hour Capital for its dedicated efforts year after year participating in the Earth Hour cause. Earth Hour is a global campaign, “born out of the hope to mobilize people to take action on Climate Change” (earthhour.org). It is now the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Every year I do my best to take part in the event, in addition to doing things in my everyday life to be sustainable and eco-friendly. This year however, I have decided to combine my participation in Earth Hour with my vow to do more reading and finish more books. On Saturday evening I will be turning off the lights, television, unplugging appliances and so on, in favour of candles, books, blankets, and perhaps a game of cards or two with my fiance. I challenge you to do the same.
Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.