Turn off, Unplug and Go Green

The world is about to get a little bit darker. And that’s a good thing. Now, in it’s third year — and growing globally — Earth Hour encourages millions of people regardless of country or culture to turn off their lights (and other electrical devices) to collectively reduce carbon emissions.

Earth Hour takes place tonight, March 28 at 8:30 pm local time — ie: 8:30 pm whereever you happen to be. According the official Earth Hour website folks in more than 1,400 cities and 80 countries will participate.

The site also has ideas for how to spend your time during Earth Hour, such as a candlelight dinner party, telling stories in the dark, a starry picnic under the night sky, a family game night. There’s even a flickr group for sharing your Earth Hour photos.

earth hour“Whether it’s joining your community in a town square to watch the city lights go dark or hosting a lights out party in your own home, I encourage everybody across the world to be a part of this historic occasion. Turn off your lights, celebrate the planet, enjoy the moment and cast your vote for Earth,” said Andy Ridley, Earth Hour Executive Director.

There’s still time to participate, so make your plans now and give us a shout in the comments section below to tell us what you plan to do for Earth Hour.

Don’t forget, while the main focus will be on turning off the lights, there are a lot of power sources in the average home that can be neutralized to shut down on energy use.

Do a quick energy audit and see how many ways you can find to Turn Off, Unplug and Go Green.

  • Turn off the lights — inside and out
  • Look around for appliances you can unplug. Make it a family game and see who can find the most.
  • Tell a friend about Earth Hour and encoruage them to participate.
  • If you own a business, turn off the lights and  appliances in the office.
  • Ask your favorite retail shop to turn off their window display lights at the end of the night.
About Barbara Holbrook

Barbara lives in Southern California where she writes about technology, design and smart ways to go green.

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