April 22nd, 2009 I was eating (and enjoying a few sustainable brews!) at an organic pizza place with two friends. How in the world do I remember that (when I forget what I put in the microwave 14 seconds later when it beeps…usually coffee)? One, because it was the night I decided to start Favor the Earth (our site went live four months later!), two, we were eating in the dark. It was my first year participating in Earth Hour.
In 2007, 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses participated in the worlds first Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia. In order to take a stand against climate change, they turned their lights out for one hour. By 2008, Earth Hour was a global event. According to Earth Hour’s website, last year more than “5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwise switched off their lights”…over 1.8 billion people participated.
This Saturday, March 31st, marks the 6th anniversary of Earth Hour. From 8:30-9:30pm (in your own time zone) lights will turn down & shut off across the globe. Instead of posting charts and graphs for physical results, Earth Hour is focused on the symbolism of the world uniting and creating a more sustainable Earth.
So, for one hour this weekend (or longer!), go simple. Turn off the tv, computer, and iPhone (gasp!). Ignore emails and the ding telling you it’s your turn on Words with Friends. Make a fire & snuggle on the couch, light some candles and play cards or read! Planning on company that night? Make a festive outdoor fire pit & roast marshmallows. Marvel at the number of stars you can actually see without the light pollution. Teach your kids, grandkids, or neighbor kids why you’re committed to preserving the earth for them.
Daily Green Special: time to replace all of those candles! For this weekend only, all of our in-stock candles (beeswax & soy) are 30% off! Offer valid until Monday’s post. Happy weekend. Happy Earth Hour!