On Saturday, March 29th we participated in Earth Hour, an event started in Sydney, Australia in 2007. The idea for Earth Hour comes from a desire to spread awareness about global warming, specifically the effects of coal-fired electricity. For one hour, residents and businesses across Sydney turned off their lights resulting in a 10.2% decrease in energy usage in the city. Not only was it a unique experiment, but it had an impact, and the idea spread across the world. This year 24 cities participated in Earth Hour.
Several friends gathered at our place and from 8pm-9pm we turned off our lights. We lit candles, ate brownies and played board games. It was so easy and fun. One hour a year is such a small amount of time to commit to, we hope to celebrate Earth Hour many times throughout the year.