Make Earth Hour fun

March 25, 2010



compact flourescent light bulb

Photo by Tiago Daniel (license)

This Saturday night (March 27th) at 8:30 p.m. local time, it’s Earth Hour — time to switch off the lights for one hour. The point, of course, is to raise our awareness of something we take for granted. Our family took part in this last year, and it was a lot of fun!

  • Light a cozy room in your house with safety candles, and turn off the lights.
  • Don’t stop there — turn off your TV, your computers. And your gadgets, if you dare!
  • Everyone in your household will be attracted to that one room.
  • Try to read a book by candlelight. Hey, our ancestors did.
  • Play cards. Dig out a board game. Play an acoustic musical instrument. Tell stories.
  • Step outside and see if your neighborhood looks any different.

And in the days that follow, see if you notice any difference in your awareness and use of energy and other resources.

Share your Earth Hour experience in the comments…



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

5 responses to Make Earth Hour fun

  1. i have 2 superficial problems. i’ll be in the middle of my fantasy baseball draft at that time and the hockey game will be in the middle of the 3rd period.
    what to do, what to do.

  2. shallow, I’ll turn off an extra light for you. 🙂

  3. Things I noticed this year:

    • Turning off the lights made us sleepy.
    • The family preferred to cluster on the floor.
    • We actually did manage to be computer-free (and iPhone-free). I didn’t think that would happen! We did something we wouldn’t normally do…
    • I got to teach them the basics of Liverpool Rum, a card game that I played often as a child in my family.
  4. i hope you turned an extra one off for me too, because i was AT the hockey game and, well, they couldn’t very well turn those lights off. however, all might lights were off at home. 🙂
    sounds like you had a great experience with the family!!

  5. Carrie, maybe shallowfrozenwater saw you on TV! 😀
    I’ve tried to teach that card game to my family once before, without success. I think there was something about the ambience that helped.
    Of course, ambience isn’t the goal — awareness is. So I shared my challenge with the girls: Over the coming days, see if you notice your use of resources.