Today, hundreds of thousands of people, and hundreds of cities across the world are participating in Earth Hour. From 8 pm – 9 pm local time, people all over the world will be turning off their lights. In homes, businesses, city & state government facilities, the lights go dark as a way to raise awareness of energy consumption and conservation.
From their website:
Earth Hour was created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement. In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including the US flagships–Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco and Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
We invite everyone throughout North America and around the world to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8 p.m. (your own local time)–whether at home or at work, with friends and family or solo, in a big city or a small town.
Will you be doing this today? If so, drop a comment with some ideas of how to use that dark hour. I’m contemplating Scrabble by candlelight, possibly listening to some audio fiction through the iPod, writing letters to friends that I haven’t talked to in too long a time, or, maybe even just sitting quietly and contemplatively. How odd would that be?!!