Are You Planning On Being In The Dark On Saturday?

Posted Mar 28, 2008 by KJ Mullins
Earth Hour is rapidly approaching. At 8 p.m. on March 29 lights across the globe are expected to be turned off for an hour. Are you planning to be on the go green global bandwagon?
The event was created by the World Wildlife Fund to make a statement about climate change. The first Earth Hour happened in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. In just one year the grassroots movement has spread throughout the globe. Millions are expected to turn out their lights for one hour.
In North America there are over 100 cities planning event to highlight the 8 p.m. dimming. The 'flagships' for the event in North America are Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco and Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
So what difference does an hour make? In 2007 the hour that Sydney went in the dark if sustained for a year would equal taking 48,616 cars off the road for a year. That's almost impressive. One night may not in the long run make a bit of difference but changing thought patterns about our planet's resources and greenhouse gases will make a difference.
To make the hour truly meaningful people have to make real changes in their lives. It takes some getting used to but little steps can easily be made to help take care of our globe. It's our home after all and just like our houses it needs tending to.
Little things that make a difference also help your pocketbook. Turn off your appliances that you're not using. Unplug those cell phone chargers when not in use, microwaves don't have to be plugged in when standing by idle.
If you're not watching or listening to something turn it off.
A 5 minute shower gets you as clean as a 10 minute shower. That's something the teens of the world may not understand though.
Say no to plastic bags. Say no to excessive packaging. Carry your own bag with you for shopping. Walk more than you drive. Travel by public transit. Tell your kids no when they want you to drive them a block to a friend's house, let them run on over.
We wouldn't let our houses fill up with trash so why do we allow the Earth to have to do the same?
So are you going to be in the dark?