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?