Earth Hour 2010

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When I first wrote about this in 2007, I thought it was an interesting idea, but one that might not have staying power but this year the event has more participants than ever. There are websites for individual countries, like the U.S. and there is also a global site.  The concept is fairly simple. Tomorrow, March 27th, wherever you are at 8:30pm local time, turn off all lights for one hour. I participated in 2008, but don’t remember that I did last year.  I am not sure about tonight.  I will probably be watching a recorded college hockey game, so perhaps will  interrupt that for an hour. I tend lean more towards changes we can make on a smaller scale in our everyday lives than I do towards grand events like this, but with hundreds of millions of people taking part this year, there is certainly nothing I can find fault with.

This is what the Earth hour web site says about the event:

On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments around the world will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. In the U.S. where we are already feeling the impacts of climate change, Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about this issue and want to turn the lights out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on foreign oil and costly climate change impacts, and make the switch to cleaner air, a strong economic future and a more secure nation.  Participation is easy. By flipping off your lights on March 27th at 8:30 p.m. local time you will be making the switch to a cleaner, more secure nation and prosperous America. View the toolkits, to find out what else you can do to get involved including leading the Earth Hour movement in your community.

Are you taking part? If you do, let us know the specifics of what you did. If you wrote about the event yourself, leave a link here to your article. Finally, if you find any links to great photos of the event, link to those also.

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Will Sig
1 Hannes

I will definitely take part on this year’s Earth Hour as I did for the past two years. It is also noticeable that many industries became aware of the event since last year and they have voiced out their participation in this year’s one-hour lights off program. That’s OK, Will, if you could not participate. You could always do that anytime you want and still save Mother Earth.

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2 Tony McGurk

I didn’t even know it was coming but all we had turned on were one 25watt lamp & the TV

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3 Tony

I didn’t even know it was coming but all we had turned on were one 25watt lamp & the TV

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4 Ruth

Personally I think it’s an interesting idea but long-term it’s not going to help the planet all that much. We’d probably do better to focus on things that will have a bigger real impact, like growing our own food or installing solar panels or a rainwater catchment system on our homes. I think it would be a great idea if the power companies would have incentive programs for their customers to install alternative energy sources (solar, wind, etc), many times homes with these systems make more electricity than they use and can sell that back to the power company. That would reduce the power companies’ fuel usage and maybe even lower the cost of electricity.
.-= Ruth´s last blog ..Help End Hunger with The Dinner Garden =-.

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5 Will

Wow Tony! That is a small footprint for sure.

I agree with you Ruth, but then I have never been much of a marketing person. (Probably why this website just barely pays for itself even after 4 years!) But from a marketing and publicity point, this event has really grown over those same 4 years. For a long time I have been thinking that the technology for small wind and solar for individual homes would become huge. It is just not quite there yet, though. Once that technology makes financial sense even for the average person, it will explode.

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6 Bob Johnson

Hi Will, the Mall I work at worked together with the local astronomy club , we turned off our parking lot lights for the hour and they came in with their telescopes, as now it was dark for Earth Hour to show people, Mars, Moon and Saturn to increase people’s knowledge of our celestial neighbors. Light pollution besides being a waste of energy and throwing tons of Co2 into our atmosphere reeks havoc with astronomy.
.-= Bob Johnson´s last blog ..Mostly Images =-.

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7 isabella mori (

hi will – i wrote a blog post about it. we turned off as many things as possible (e.g. not the fridge and not the alarm clocks). then some friends and i went outside and did some martial arts in the park. my husband, who was really tired, stayed home and read by candlelight.

are these events effective? hard to say. they certainly raise awareness. i hope that for us over the years they will result in an ever increasing awareness of our footprint. it takes a long time. for example, it took me years to get to the point where i buy only organic and free range meat (a related issue, in my mind), and about 18 months to get to the point where i always have shopping bags with me in order to avoid using plastic bags. getting into the rhythm of sharing a car instead of having two took a while, too.
.-= isabella mori (@moritherapy)´s last blog ..last minute ideas for earth hour =-.

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8 isabella mori (

hi will – i wrote a blog post about it. we turned off as many things as possible (e.g. not the fridge and not the alarm clocks). then some friends and i went outside and did some martial arts in the park. my husband, who was really tired, stayed home and read by candlelight.

are these events effective? hard to say. they certainly raise awareness. i hope that for us over the years they will result in an ever increasing awareness of our footprint. it takes a long time. for example, it took me years to get to the point where i buy only organic and free range meat (a related issue, in my mind), and about 18 months to get to the point where i always have shopping bags with me in order to avoid using plastic bags. getting into the rhythm of sharing a car instead of having two took a while, too.
.-= isabella mori (@moritherapy)´s last blog ..last minute ideas for earth hour =-.

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9 Will

Yes Isabella, related they all are. I like your post and especially liked the link to the Green Daily site. Too funny! You certainly did your part for Earth Hour as did Bob.

You know Bob, here in the US malls would be too afraid of the lawyers to turn off the parking lot lights even for a minute! I bet your event was fun, though. Not still winter there I hope?

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10 Tony McGurk

Our secret to not using too much electricity is that our kids have all grown up & left home. Just me & the wife & our little dog. If we’re not in a room the light goes off. Kids were shocking at leaving nearly every light in the house on.
.-= Tony´s last blog ..Torture Time =-.

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11 Tony

Our secret to not using too much electricity is that our kids have all grown up & left home. Just me & the wife & our little dog. If we’re not in a room the light goes off. Kids were shocking at leaving nearly every light in the house on.
.-= Tony´s last blog ..Torture Time =-.

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12 Will

Good approach, Tony. Yeah those kids these days! We never left the lights on when we were young uns. 😉

Have you seen this post? It still gets tons of reads, although fewer comments now.

Turn out the lights? Or not?

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