Have you heard of Earth Hour? It’s scheduled for this Saturday, March 23 from 8:30-9:30 p.m.
It grew out of a simple concept: turn off your lights for one designated hour. Easy, right? Back in 2007, the idea was to call attention to light pollution and to show how simple actions by individuals, taken in the collective, make a huge difference.
If you go to their website, you can see how they’ve expanded their original mission to include overall conservation efforts year-round. They’ve set up these great “I Will If You Will” challenges (such as changing to CFLs, using non-toxic cleaners in the home, etc.). There’s even one that kids can do — if 100,000 kids play the online game of cleaning up “trash” in a virtual sea, real people have pledged to clean up 2 tons of trash out of the ocean. For my kids, computer gaming sanctioned by their mom coupled with helping the Earth is a win-win all the way.
For me, I think Earth Hour is a fantastic teaching tool to get my kids thinking about the larger issue of the environment, to involve them in some creative solutions, and to show how the small actions of individuals, added together, contribute to making a difference.
More than that — it’s just fun.
We’re planning to turn off our lights on Saturday night and fire up the flashlights and the candles. And I’m thinking it’s the perfect time to play a board game or two while eating some popcorn or other little snack.
We’ve tried to roast marshmallows over candles during Earth Hour last year — let’s just say they were a little too “raw” to make s’mores. We ended up dunking them in hot chocolate. But I’m sure we’ll try it again this year; maybe we just need more candles….
Are you game for Earth Hour this year?