My kids look forward to Earth Hour each year, even though it’s past their bedtimes. It’s the one hour a year when people are encouraged to turn off their lights in an effort to make a global statement about climate change and to support environmentally sustainable action. Earth Hour is this Saturday from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m., local time.
We try to repeat this in the summer at our house, where we’ll keep the lights off after the late sunset until it becomes too dark to maneuver around, but it’s not the same as when it’s a part of a worldwide movement. Without prompting, the kids will talk about power usage and sustainable energy resources on the day of Earth Hour, making it more of an educational action than a political one.
The Golden Gate Bridge and other landmarks such as the Las Vegas Strip, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, and the Vatican will all turn off non-essential lights for the hour. While hardly landmarks, we like to look around the neighborhood to see if other houses have shut their lights as well. It’s a fun hour, especially once I stop reaching to check my email, and relax enough to enjoy the hour. Once that happens, the hour is quickly over and it’s back to life as usual, if not a little more cognizant of the energy choices we make.