At 8PM local time the world turned out the lights for an hour, Earth Hour. If you missed the chance, it’s not too late. I have a sneaky trick for you.
So here’s the trick: 8PM local time means 24 things, at the very least. I mean look, there’s Eastern Daylight Time, Eastern Standard Time, Mountain Time, Greenwich Mean Time and all sorts of other Times, right? When I worked on the East Cost for a California-based company, we were pretty sure their clocks were 3 hours 15 minutes later than ours — did all California meetings started 15 minutes later than scheduled, or was it just California Time.
So look, if there are all sorts of Times, I don’t think anyone will mind if you decide to have
For Earth Hour in our time zone (which, coincidentally coincided with Eastern Daylight Time at 8PM today) we did the simplest thing we could think of: we tripped the main breaker switch and turned off more than the lights. My son Carter and I flipped the switch. We didn’t see much change, as we had manually turned off most of the lights. But we heard the change. No refrigerator. No computers. And there were no little red indicator lights. It was a little remarkable how quiet things were.
We lit a candle in the living room and played Go Fish! (I lost, twice). Carter played his acoustic guitar for us. Charlotte and Theresa read a book by candle-light. This was not hardship. The kids (and we) learned something.
Not bad for an hour. It you missed the chance, take your hour now. Just turn off the lights, computer, TV and whatever has a switch. It’s easy.
I’m going to have another one tomorrow. You?