On March 27th, the Mayor Hindman is calling for an Earth Hour, an hour where citizens are asked to turn off all non-essential electronics. The city wide event is happening between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.. The official announcement is planned for Monday, March 15th at 9:30 a.m. in the new City Council Chambers. Earth Hour is a worldwide event, creating a wave of darkness that will go around the globe.
What’s the impact of an event like this? It’s hard to say how many will truly take part in an event like this, but turning off the lights, TV’s, and computers in the city has the potential for saving a lot of money and coal. Beyond the energy impacts I think taking an hour off from our electronic lives and spending sometime together sounds like a good chance to reconnect or just enjoy some quiet time. Make it a game night using a flashlight or lantern for the family. I know when I was young I kind of enjoyed blackouts because it forced me to read a book or play cards instead of sitting in front of a glowing rectangle. Invite friends over and tell stories, talk about life, talk about going green.
Conserving doesn’t have to be a sacrifice it can be a chance to find ways to be even happier.
The timing of the event doesn’t fit well with the whole community because much of the college population will have already left for Spring Break, including myself. But I know I’ll still take part in the event where ever I am from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.