How I Spent My First Earth Hour

globeYou can pretty much guess who amongst your friends will embrace Earth Hour and who will poo-poo the whole thing. There are certain people who like to crap on anything of this nature. Sure, it's a marketing ploy and there are probably better solutions to our energy crisis, but I love the idea of Earth Hour and we had a lot of fun at 8pm.

My wife wasn't particularly warm to the idea of Earth Hour, so we agreed she could spend the hour in the bath reading. The compromise was that our house could have one light on, in the bathroom, which probably wasn't a bad idea with a three year old and six year old about. At about 7:58 the kids and I went through the house to ensure all lights were off, I lit a candle and we plopped in my bed for story time.

It was pretty awesome. The flickering flame lit the way as I told tales of Fancy Nancy, Alice the Fairy and dinosaur drummers. I paced myself, paused often for dramatic effect and wrapped up around 8:40. Then, it was time to brush our teeth and a couple of tired souls got tucked in for the night.

I went outside shortly before 9pm and saw very few lights. I can't wait to see photos of downtown as most businesses and all landmarks went dark for the hour. Don't tell me Earth Hour didn't have an impact. I'm starting to think every Saturday could use an Earth Hour.


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Ajax Mike

Well, I'm stuck at work, but I did turn off the one set of lights that I'm able to. I've managed to be mostly in the dark for 90 minutes now, but my eyes are getting tired so they're going back on shortly.

March 29, 2008 @ 9:32 PM

Jill

We packed up the kids and went for a drive to check out the darkness and about 90% of our subdivison and surrounding areas participated. We then came home to wear our glow in the dark necklaces, stargaze in the backyard and light some sparklers. We had a great time and see so many positives to this event besides the obvious of raising awareness.

March 29, 2008 @ 11:04 PM

Annemarie

Yes, I know some people who think things like this are gimmicks, but it is a good idea.

A bath by candlelight is good too.

Your Earth Hour sounds nice.

I had NO lights on - even shut down my computer and talked with a friend for the said hour and then some by candlelight (6 candles to be exact). I went to turn on the light to make hot chocolate, etc., but was able to catch myself in time that I didn't and it reminded me of when we have a power failure, except, we have no choice then. It's amazing how dependant we are on electricity/power. Frightening really.

I can't wait to see pictures of downtown with no lights either!

Every Saturday? What about everyday? It was good to spend quality time without technology.

March 29, 2008 @ 11:18 PM

Toronto Mike

I'll post the pics, but here are two: http://flickr.com/photos/mikeboon/2373079129/ and http://flickr.com/photos/mikeboon/2373079199/ .

It's like camping in your backyard - sometimes it's fun to kick it old school with the family.

March 30, 2008 @ 8:54 AM

Jason | GetYourOJ.com

It was nice seeing the CN tower with no lights, from afar.

Most of my neighbourhood was out and about, talkative, and friendly. Many businesses and homes "sacrificed" one hour out of their lievs to make and important statement, and that's why I live where I do.

March 30, 2008 @ 9:25 AM

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