Earth Hour 2010

Earth Hour 2010

All across the world, tonight is Earth Hour. Join millions of other people in shutting off your lights (and computers and TVs etc…) for 1 hour starting at 8:30 tonight. The action of shutting off our lights and other energy-consuming devices for 1 hour across the globe has noticeable effects in terms of power consumption, improvements in night sky visibility, and reductions in sound, which begs the question.. why don’t we do this more often?

When the lights go out, consider taking a walk, enjoying a candle-lit dinner, or as I often enjoy doing, sit and chat with friends about sustainability issues (or anything for that matter). If you’re home alone with that special someone, I’m sure you can think of something to do in the dark for an hour. I refer, of course, to alphabetizing your collection of environmentalism books by candle light… what did you think I meant? 😉

So go on, do your bit and participate in this global action event. Save some power, reduce our impact on the planet for a little while. Afterwards, why not keep the lights off, and pop in a DVD (or Blu-Ray) about nature or sustainability? Some of my favorites include BBC’s Planet Earth, Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Leonardo DiCaprio’s The 11th Hour, the PBS e2 series narrated by Brad Pitt, or my new favorite Food Inc. And, of you enjoy doing this… consider doing it more often. Every bit helps.

What are you doing for Earth Hour? Share your plans in the comments!

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Steve holds a degree in Environmental Engineering Technology from Humber College in Toronto, is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor. He currently lives in Victoria BC and works as a green building consultant specializing in residential projects.


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