Earth Hour, tonight 8 pm local time

Earth Hour is an international event that asks households and businesses to turn off their lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour on the evening of 29 March at 8 pm local time until 9 pm to promote electricity conservation and thus lower carbon emissions. It may also help reduce light pollution, and in 2008, coincides with the beginning of National Dark Sky Week in the USA.

It is promoted by World Wide Fund for Nature Australia (WWF), an environmental lobby group, and the Sydney Morning Herald. The first Earth Hour was held in Sydney, Australia between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm on 31 March 2007. The 2007 Earth Hour is estimated to have cut Sydney's mains electricity consumption by between 2.1% and 10.2% for that hour, with as many as 2.2 million people taking part. Earth Hour 2008 marks the first anniversary of the event with many partner cities and individuals around the world participating.

Comments

Suse said…
We did it last night (our time). It was amazing watching all the lights go off across the valley. The people at the bottom of the hill held a drumming circle type party so it all felt rather pagan and festive.

Just a warning - it takes many many candles to light a room enough to be able to read or knit. Ahem.
TEOM? said…
We're doing it tonight. Really looking forward to it.
jenontheedge said…
We did it -- even turned off our water heater for that hour.
ann (fchen) said…
i did it!! the boys loved it, asked if we could do it again tomorrow night (spent the time with them playing uno by candlelight!).
Badger said…
Oh yeah. Crap. DH rushed the girl child to the ER for an x-ray at 7:30, leaving me home with the boy, who is sick as the proverbial dog, and I am having the Day Three from hell. So I was a little preoccupied at 8:00 and I FORGOT, OKAY?

Does it count if I do it at like 11:00 tonight? That's 8:00 SOMEWHERE, RIGHT?
Ginnie said…
We did it. And it was such a strange feeling to have all the lights out but still have power. And to know when the lights could come back on.
Kim said…
Yeah.
Us Sydneysiders.
Leading.the.world.
yep, I did it too. saw it n google and thought it was teriffic
Just Plain Jane said…
Count us in, although I think we were the only ones in our neighborhood.
paola said…
Oh dear. I am late. But nobody even knows about this around here...how SAD.
Jennifer said…
We turned off the main power of the house. It was so nice and quiet and peaceful. To sit around by candle light and just enjoy and feel good knowing that we were taking part.

Okay, so really... we did turn off the main power of the house, and it was crazy trying to get the kids to settle down and relax. All of a sudden they wanted to run around and be noisy and play with toys they've never played with before, and run up and down the hall in the dark with flashlights and scream and be noisy... that's when I snuck down stairs ;)
Eleanor said…
What Kim said.