earth hour 2010

Are you excited? I'm excited! We're all SO EXCITED!!! Tomorrow, starting a 8:30pm local time, is Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a big deal in our home. We gather our candles, our crayons and colouring books, pens and notebooks, and get ready to turn our lights off for 60 minutes, enjoy some together-time with our family, and make our stand against climate change.

In 2009, 88 countries turned off all their lights for 60 minutes to demand action for climate change. This year, that number has climbed as 120 countries have now pledged to show support for our environment and participate in the biggest 1-hour voluntary blackout in all history.

My little city on the flood plain will be turning off all non-essential lights for the hour too!

One hour isn't much. And I'm sure you can find something to do for one hour in the dark.

If you're tapped out, here are some ideas...
  • Do what we do and gather around the candlelit table with our family and read/colour/write/draw.
  • Sleep.
  • Tell ghost stories.
  • Have an Earth Hour party and enjoy the hour chatting with friends.
  • Meditate.
  • Dance.
  • Give yourself a manicure.
  • Eat.
  • Knit, crochet, or needlepoint. (I can knit with my eyes closed.)
  • Just enjoy the silence.
  • Have hot, one-hour-long monkey-lovin'.
How about you? Will you be joining us in Earth Hour? If so, what do you plan to do?


  1. I wish earth hour was a bit earlier. 8:30 is bed time for the kids, so they miss out. Maybe we'll do our own 7:30 earth hour instead...

  2. Sounds like a fantastic idea, a great way to get the whole family involved. My 4 year old came home from JK yesterday, telling me all about a special assembly they had about the environment, recycling, and conserving energy. Hearing this from him - it was an eye-opener, truly. :)

  3. Oh God I hate Earth Hour. I'm going to be as environmentally unfriendly as I possibly can.

  4. @myrtle: starting at 7:30pm would be a great idea. the people on Eastern Standard Time would be happy to have you join them. :)

    @Loukia: I'm so glad the kids are learning this stuff at school too. we try to be green here at home, but it's nice to have it reinforced at school.

    @Adam: Really?! But it's so much fun. And candle-light is so sexy -- in a "I wear lingerie for me" kind of way.

  5. I'm with Adam. I'm going to turn on all my lights and plug in all my appliances for that hour. Then I'm going to spend the *rest* of the year being neurotic about turning the lights off when I leave the room. As usual.

  6. My family is lame. I proposed the idea of earth hour and was firmly shot down. The tv will be on, the video games will be flowing, and I'll be asleep on the couch:)