It’s that time of the year!
On Saturday March 24, 2018 from 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM local time join millions of people around the world for Earth Hour. Turn off your lights for ONE HOUR!
This photo perfectly personifies Earth Hour with the clock and lights on the left side and me standing against the black wall! Thank you SLR Infinity for such a visionary photo! Do you recognize this saree from Golden Rule #1?
Why is Earth Hour important?
Worldwide consumption of fossil fuels over the last few decades has impacted global warming, climate change, and various other environmental problems we face today. By celebrating events like Earth Hour, we can make small changes toward a more environmentally conscious life. Above all, Earth Hour proves that one person has the capacity to inspire positive global change!
Earth Hour is about your commitment not only towards the planet but towards yourself. What are some everyday things you are grateful for? Fresh air you breathe? Safe drinking water which quenches your thirst? The rich soil that houses food you eat? The healthy life you live? Almost all the things you are grateful for directly/indirectly relate back to our planet.
What if I wake up tomorrow morning and discover that coffee plantations all around the world have disappeared due to climate change and global warming? Being a coffee addict, I would never forgive myself for not doing my part during Earth Hour. An action taken for global warming and climate change is a commitment towards yourself and towards things that you are grateful for. Earth Hour for me = coffee! What is your equation of Earth Hour?
Are our efforts making a difference?
Last year in Toronto during Earth Hour, Toronto Hydro reported a 2.8 per cent electricity dip, roughly the equivalent of 31,000 homes off the grid.
PowerStream, which serves nine municipalities north of Toronto, reported a 4.3 per cent drop in electricity consumption during Earth Hour 2016.
What are other countries doing around the world?
Around the world for one hour, iconic landmarks and buildings shut off their lights during Earth Hour. Many countries host unplugged concerts, events, and parties for citizens to enjoy as a community, while other countries are encouraged to spend time with close ones or take the time to reflect. To see what’s happening around the world during Earth Hour 2018 check out the following link: Earth Hour around the World.
What can you do without electricity for one hour?
Show your romantic side: surprise your partner with candles
Go out for a romantic walk or a family walk
Take out your two wheelers and get a 60 minute outdoor workout
Meditate in the dark
Try having dinner in the dark! There is a restaurant in Toronto called O. Noir where you eat in the dark and experience life of a blind. Why pay to experience that when you can experience it for free at home in your pajamas? Check out some Earth Hour food ideas here.
If you live in a warm country, you can have a bonfire night and play board games, sing, have an outdoor dance party, and star gaze!