Saturday March 23 at 8:30 pm local time, you’re invited to participate in Earth Hour.
It starts by turning off your lights for one hour as a demonstration of concern for the environment. But it doesn’t have to stop there. You’re invited to think big, think creatively, outside of the box and on the side of this big beautiful marble planet we call home.
This is an annual global event that began in 2007 with one city and now is celebrated by millions in over 150 countries.
Check out the official Earth Hour video and then go take a look at their website. Check out the “I Will Challenges” that take this one-hour-of-lights-out to a whole new level encouraging positive environmental action. The concept is simple – people pledge to do something if a certain number of people commit to taking an ongoing action for the environment beyond Earth Hour. There are countless challenges, and this is precisely the kind of innovative people-powered stuff that really excites me. Kids in a Bali school pledge to go through the school year without using paper if 1000 people agree to plant a tree. How cool is that? I can plant a tree. You can plant a tree. We can be part of that challenge, and dozens of others. Small things that can add up.
When I turn off our lights tonight I plan on going outside for a walk under our beautiful waxing gibbous moon and take a peek at the night sky.
I’ll be thinking about the Egyptian Goddess Nut whose body was depicted as the star-strewn sky arching over the world. She is said to lie with the Earth each night and each morning give birth to the sun. I love that image and that reminder that it’s all connected. We’re all connected.
What will you do for Earth Hour? What will you do beyond the hour?