Lights out for Earth Hour

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Posted by on March 29, 2014

You have all heard of the annual ‘lights out’ event called Earth Hour.

Organisers are, as we speak, working around the clock to educate and recruit people globally. This year they are asking us to sign up and make a ‘pledge‘ ensuring support for fighting Climate Change goes beyond the official ‘Earth Hour’. The simple message to each and every one of us is insisting we, as individuals, take responsibility for protecting our Planet.

Earth Hour was founded in Sydney back in 2007 by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). This movement is now supported by 7001 Cities and 154 Countries around the globe. This year (2014) the focus is on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It needs our attention otherwise, by 2030, the effects Climate Change are causing will be irreversible.

It isn’t too late to show your support and recognise we are the people who can fix one of the biggest issue facing humanity – Climate Change.

We have dusted off Ma and Poppy’s kerosene lamp in anticipation for 8.30pm. Although it lives in plain site on top of the cupboard, the children have never seen it lit up. There is something very calming about watching a flame flicker in the dark. When you sit still and quiet you notice all sorts of things you are usually too busy to notice. Kerosene surprisingly is an amazing shade of blue and the mozzies have strangely disappeared…

As the smell of kerosene fills the house my husband happily answers our 5 year olds questions regarding living without electricity back in the ‘good old days’. Of course our Little Man thinks its a real novelty having all the lights out, walking around with a torch and sitting around a kerosene lamp. It is a great warm up for when we go camping over Easter.

As I sit here typing on my ipad, listening to the final episode of Peppa Pig for the evening running in the background, it is a perfect time to reflect on just how times have changed. Each generation increasing the pressure to produce more and more power to sustain our way of life.

Why don’t we do this more often?

It’s time to step up and make a change, setting positive examples around our every day energy consumption. Our children need to see us switching off unused appliances at the power point and be involved in conversations regarding just how much energy is really needed around our house at one time.

We are committing to having more ‘lights out’ nights at home. It’s fun, generates interesting discussions and is exactly what our planet needs.

Check out my Facebook Page for some Earth HourĀ links shared over the past week…

Are you in?
Be the first to share your Earth Hour story in the comment section below…

– Shea

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