City Pulse

By Ashley Goldsmith

Rather than getting into a whole spiel about how important it is to make small changes in your lifestyle to help the environment and how in my opinion, global warming is very much a reality (hello 65 degree January afternoons and snowy April!). I’m going to tell you to just turn off your lights, unplug your toaster, and shut off your idle laptop!

On Saturday March 28th, from 8:30-9:30pm the World Wildlife Fund has created Earth Hour, a global event in which participants turn off their lights for one hour as a vote to take control over the future of our planet. Their goal is for 1 billion people to switch off their lights and to unplug any appliances that are not being used. In the past, the event has saved over 50 tonnes of carbon dioxide worldwide.

As businesses are encouraged to participate in the event as well, Whole Foods stores across the country will turn off computers, printers, unoccupied office lights, ‘back of house’ lights and all in-store case lights, while making periodic announcements to notify customers about the importance of Earth Hour.

So here are a few suggestions of things to do during your hour spent in the dark or by candlelight:

• If you have kids, play board games with them by candlelight or play hide-and-seek in the dark. Be sure to get them involved so that they understand the importance of the future of our planet, because it is their future as well.
• Read a book by candlelight.
• Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner with your partner.
• Take a nap!

Here a few things I suggest you do before or after Earth Hour:

• Trim your bangs.
• Cook your romantic candlelit dinner.
• Get ready for a night out, doing your makeup or getting dressed in the dark is never a good idea.
• Calling your bff for the week’s gossip. Cell phones count too!

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Originally published March 2009
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