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Earth Hour

The City of Castlegar has shown its support for Earth Hour this week in their Regular Council Meeting- Earth Hour 2009 is dubbed the election between the Earth and Global Warming. It all began in Sydney Australia in 2007 and has spread to become a global initiative to raise awareness of climate change and issues with energy. Sign up to turn your lights off for an hour to show your support for the earth at 8:30PM Saturday 28 March 2009 by clicking on the image below.

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I’m more of an advocate of promoting the larger measures that need to be taken – however, it is important that the serious messages of climate change and peak energy are expressed to the citizens of every village, town and city across the globe in the simplest terms possible.  Although the simple act of turning off the lights for an hour isn’t going to save the climate – the inspiration for change that events such as this can have in children, youth and thought leaders in the community is extremely powerful. Our house will definitely be darkened for the hour or more.

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Here are some ideas for how to spend the hour:

Here are some ideas for how to spend the hour:

1. Attend local Earth Hour events – or organize one. Add your event, or get details on events near you at Events.EarthHourCanada.org.
2. Go outside and look at the stars.
3. Find a great viewing spot to see your town or city go dark at 8:30 p.m.
4. Take pictures and post them to the Earth Hour Facebook page.
5. Go for a lantern walk through a park.
6. Patronize local restaurants and businesses taking part in Earth Hour.
7. Gather your family or friends for a candle-lit dinner.
8. Meet your neighbours at a street or block party.
9. Have an acoustic music jam.
10. Talk to your children about how much electricity your family uses. Brainstorm ways to reduce it.
11. Tell ghost stories.
12. Listen to the birds, bats or other wildlife.
13. Play flashlight tag.
14. Turn your thermostat down by 1 degree. And leave it there.
15. Play Pictionary with glow-in-the-dark markers.
16. Change all your light bulbs to energy-efficient versions.
17. Have a night game of shinny with a glow-in-the-dark puck or ball (wear reflective vests).
18. Take a walk in the moonlight.
19. Have a candlelit bath.
20. Put a glow stick on your dog’s collar or leash and go for a walk.
21. Toast marshmallows over a tea light candle.
22. Get out your Ouija board.
23. Have a wine or scotch tasting in the dark.
24. Get out the sleeping bags and camp out.on the living room floor.
25. Make a list of ways you could reduce your energy consumption every hour of every day.

Source: WWF – 25 ways to mark Earth Hour 2009

What are your thoughts about initiatives like this? Can it make a difference? Are you going to participate?

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Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

2 thoughts on “Earth Hour

  1. Thanks for promoting Earth Hour! Another way you can recruit people to the cause is by creating a Earth Hour group on Commit21.com. Simply create a group about one action that you will commit to do for Earth Hour and recruit your friends, family, and co-workers to get involved in that action as well. When it comes to climate change, simple actions can make huge differences and Commit21 leverages social media to influence networks of friends, family, and co-workers. Check it out at http://www.commit21.com

  2. i will spread my support to earth hour so people could establish awareness about global warming effect.:p

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