Saturday, March 29, 2008

Lights Out!

Tonight is Lights Out for Earth Hour!

This event began in Sydney, Australia last year as a way to bring attention to our energy consumption and to the larger issue of global warming. It's grown from a one-city event to a global movement in 2008.

This year, millions will turn out their lights at 8 o'clock in their local time zones to show their support, and awareness, of this worthy cause. Millions of people in countries around the world will go dark tonight.

I had all my lights off and my computer shut down for the hour. I hope you do too.

12 comments:

Kelly Kirch said...

Really?! Crap. I missed it. Hadn't heard of this lights out thing, but would have done it had I known. Does it count that we keep our lights off all daylight hours anyway???

Kathy said...

We were a half hour into it when I found out, but I turned everything off for a full hour once I realized. I used a battery operated lantern for light during that time and just spent the hour playing with my cats.:-)

N.J.Walters said...

It's okay that you missed it, Kelly. The trick is to be aware of the energy you use, and it sounds as if that's what you do on a regular basis. :-)

N.J.Walters said...

It was a cool thing to do, Kathy. Even though I always try to be aware and conserve, the reminder was good. Playing with your cats sounds like a nice way to spend the hour.

anny cook said...

I didn't hear about it until it was over either. But we do stuff like using those new energy effienct light bulbs. Turning off the heat and AC if we don't need them. Turn lights off if we leave a room. Simple things.

N.J.Walters said...

It's the simple things that really add up, Anny. If more people were conscious about things like that, then we wouldn't be in half the problem we're in.

Heidi said...

We had it here too. But the power company asked that only Tel Aviv do it when the other cities started wanting to join in. Apparently our power system is so well developed that if there’s a sudden drop in usage the system might fall and they don’t know how long it would take to fix *rolls eyes*
Oh well, the rest of the country is slowly catching on…there’s a new ad on TV asking people to use just one less bag when they go shopping. Actually, South Africa’s got a great system going…in an attempt to clean the country up a little, they charge you at the till for all your plastic bags.

N.J.Walters said...

That's too bad that more people there couldn't join in, Heidi.

That is a cool idea in South Africa. I think that will become more the norm in the years to come.

charleneteglia said...

Reusable cloth bags are becoming more common all the time. Also, did you know switching to a non-petroleum detergent (like 7th Generation) saves a ton in energy? I love 7th Generation. Also, those long-life flourescent bulbs are a big energy saver.

N.J.Walters said...

Most stores seem to be offering the cloth bags now, Charli. It's a great trend.

I use all natural detergents, cleaners and soaps. It started because of my hubby's allergies, but now we use them because we know they're better for us and the environment.

Like you, we also use the long-life flourescent bulbs. All those things add up.

Kathy said...

When my mom and I go shopping, we always take our own bags, and they are all cloth. In fact, we have a couple of green bags called Earth bags. They are completely bio-degradable.

N.J.Walters said...

The Earth Bags sound cool, Kathy. I've got to get some cloth bags. The ones I had finally fell apart.