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Saturday, 28 March 2009

Lights Out!!


Sign up for Earth Hour! - June Schutrups

Earth Hour 2009 - Sign up for Earth Hour!

 

Tonight at 8.30pm local time...where ever you are..... is Earth Hour when millions of people around the world will be turning off their lights for an hour. Global warming is and will increasingly in the future affect us all. This evening people have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming.

What could be easier than turning out your lights? Use the time for a gentle candlelit hour of calm and relax and bask in the gentle light, play some games with the kids, eat a special meal by candlelight....the possibilities are endless. Or if your tired out like me...have a nap, maybe even a very early night!!

I have to admit the even with the lights out in our house it is never really totally dark. There is so much light pollution in and around towns now which means real dark, dark is hard to find. I remember when I visited my parents several years ago in the country and needed the bathroom in the middle of the night...was it dark!! The only way I could find the light switch was to first find a wall and then work my way around the room fumbling along the wall until I got to the switch. That was dark!! I waved my hand in front of my face to see if I could see it and absolutely nothing....I could feel the slight movement of the air as a draught on my face but my hand was totally invisible. But believe me most places are just not that dark now even with the lights out.

So, think about this little planet we're all passengers on and switch those lights out tonight!! We need to realise that after us our children and grandchildren have to suffer the consequences of our actions with extreme weathers, flooding as the ice caps melt, crop failures...need I go on? There is no point in us personally nurturing and caring for our young and then bequeathing them a poisoned challis, which is what we are doing now.

Make your voice heard and TURN THOSE LIGHTS OUT at 8.30pm!! Take some action and let's face it...it won't hurt or cost you anything, in fact it will save you money..one hours lights energy costs!

The WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

The conference will determine official government policies in taking action against global warming and will replace the Kyoto Protocol. This a chance for people all around the world to make their voices heard!

So don't miss out, add your voice and make it count!!

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8 comments:

makeyesup said...

Ok, sure hope memory works and I remember. Just hope people realize that TVs are light too and they should also be turned off. We could all do with some quiet alone time or enjoying family time. Great job on blogging, Chatty Kathy. Expect Lilly to be back to her happy self by now.

Latte' Dah said...

That is so interesting. Thanks for the info I will pass it on. :)

Judy said...

We did our bit for Earth Hour. Hubby is involved with managing tall office towers so our night was spent at his work turning off all the office lights left on...there is so much wastage in office blocks with lights left on and no-one there.
It was great to go up 30 floors and see all the office blocks in the city who had turned off their advertising and office lights for the hour.
It still would have been even better to see 100% compliance....especially government office blocks.

Keryn said...

I always love it when we are camping out in the bush. It is so dark and the stars so bright.

When our son was little we lived on a farm and at night would often take a rug outside and just lie on our backs on the grass looking up at the sky and trying to find the different constellations.

I also try to remember to turn all our appliances off at the wall when not in use too as even the standby lights use electricity. I look in my computer room and there are lights for the router/modem, EHD, printer, sub woofer,tower, keyboard, monitor,etc.

Glynis said...

The storms in Cyprus made sure we saved enough energy for a year! ;0
seriously, this is a good idea.

Cindyrelly said...

This is some great information even though I missed "Light's Out." I used to leave my pc on all the time and even didn't bother with lights very much since what I had heard and read said they didn't use a lot of electricity. Then I decided that it all adds up so it is important :)

BK said...

60 minutes were just the start of a new beginning. We really have to remind ourselves to take conscious steps everyday to heal the Planet Earth.

Dakoota said...

Excellent Job!
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