Since 2007, my husband and I have taken part in a yearly tradition that we believe very strongly in. Started by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour has grown across the globe and this year, an expected 15 million people will be taking part. For that hour, my husband and I will stand on our back balcony and watch the lights go out, then play a board game by candle light at the kitchen table.
The goal of Earth Hour in simple – to raise awareness over the entire world, showing that even taking the smallest measures to conserve energy is a huge step in the right direction.
I do try to follow the news surrounding Earth Hour and every year I am impressed by the businesses that step up to the challenge. Even the International Space Station is taking part! But this this year, I have to give a huge high five to the NHL. They have decided to take part and all 30 clubs will be turning off all essential lighting during the hour. Tonight, 20/30 teams are playing so although this doesn’t mean the game will stop, they will be turning off the lights that are not needed for the game & for the safety of patrons. Here is a quote from the press release posted on NHL.com
“For the NHL, the success of this event is about more than turning the lights off for one hour. It is about changing the way our sport approaches energy consumption,” said Bernadette Mansur, SVP of NHL Green. “Our facilities are challenging themselves to operate more efficiently, and we are encouraging our employees to observe Earth Hour at home and reduce their energy consumption throughout the day.”
The point is not for us to make a huge change that inconveniences us – we all know that would never work. It’s the small changes. Reminding us to turn off the lights when we leave a room, to switch our lights to energy efficient light bulbs, to buy energy efficient appliances and to just be aware of the energy we are using in our homes on a daily basis.
Because our kids go to bed at 7:30pm, we have yet to include them in our Earth Hour tradition. However, when they get older we will definitely be making it a family affair. I grew up constantly being reminded to turn off the lights when I left a room and I am doing the same with my kids. It’s a simple thing, embedded into my mind that has become habit.
Imagine if we all did these little things, the difference it would make across the world. Are you taking part in Earth Hour? What do you do while the lights are out? (Maybe I don’t want to know…..) LOL
So as we are 15 minutes away, I am going to log off now and go find the candles… another Earth Hour tradition is that I kick my husbands butt at whatever board game we play – but this year he insists the tables are going to turn. We’ll see about that!!