Earth Hour – an environmental event for the whole family

I try to instil in my children a need to protect the environment. In my family, we practice the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), and discuss other things we can do as a family to help the environment.

One small way my family helps the environment is by participating in Earth Hour.

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour is a global event held each year on the last Saturday in March. Earth Hour encourages not only individuals, but whole communities, to turn out the lights for one hour in a commitment in fighting climate change.

This year Earth Hour 2012 will take place on March 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour has grown from a one-city initiative in 2007, to a 5,251 city strong global movement, last year reaching 1.8 billion people in 135 countries across all seven continents.

Each Earth Hour, my family and I get the kitchen and kitchen table ready for some family-fun time when the power is off.

My kids and I get the candles out, along with a flashlight or two. and prepare some delicious homemade snacks. As a family, we like to spend our time playing board games — the favourite last year was Snakes and Ladders. This year when I asked the girls which game they wanted to play, they both chimed in Scrabble, which is a new family favourite. Besides playing a board game, we talk about the importance of shutting off the lights, television and computers when leaving a room. We talk about how we can do our part in reducing our environmental footprint.

Earth Hour is usually a topic of discussion with our neighbours and extended family. It is always nice to see my neighbours participating with their lights off throughout their homes.

I was touched by Earth Hour Co-founder and Executive Director Andy Ridley’s blog.   He provides an extremely powerful quote: “The power to make a change starts at each individual; the extraordinary things people are willing to do in order to inspire others to protect the planet is remarkable.”

Angela Dove has also written a beautiful blog post that really speaks to the importance of making Earth Hour a family affair.

The invitation is extended to all to “switch off” on Saturday, March 31 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. What will you and your family be doing with the lights out as you recognize Earth Hour?

About Stacey Gibbs

Hi, I’m Stacey, I'm a Waste Management Operations Assistant. I take care of the wide variety of calls that Halton Region receives daily involving collection issues, and other all waste related inquiries.
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4 Responses to Earth Hour – an environmental event for the whole family

  1. John Watson says:

    My Earth Hour was relatively easy — I read a book by candlelight and my dog had a nap. It was distressing to see how many people weren’t participating. I wonder if that’s because they didn’t care, didn’t know about it, or felt this small act wouldn’t make a difference. It was funny/sad that many homes had all their lights off, but you could still see that television glow. Can’t we go one hour without the need for electronic entertainment?

    - John Watson, Waste Diversion Education Coordinator, Halton Region

  2. Nicole Meek says:

    Turned off all the lights in the house and went for a nice walk with my husband & dog. Laughed as we walked by the neighbours house as we could hear the three kids playing hide n’ go seek in the backyard. I agree with John, did not see many of our neighbours participating. Has the hour lost it’s lustre?

  3. Abel Fabionar says:

    i like the earth hour because it gives us awareness.

  4. Mica Desiato says:

    Earth Hour 2009 was from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time, March 28, 2009. 88 countries and 4,088 cities participated in Earth Hour 2009, ten times more cities than Earth Hour 2008 had (2008 saw 400 cities participate). One billion “votes” was the stated aim for Earth Hour 2009, in the context of the pivotal 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference.’

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