Earth Hour – What Will You Be Doing?

EArth HourI’m not sure who decided earth hour should be in March.  it is still a bit cold to ask people to not use their hydro for heat but I suppose keeping some lights off for an hour at dusk isn’t much of a hardship.  If the electricity costs go up much higher in Ontario we will likely be having earth hour 24 hours a day but I don’t want to go there right now.

I am so glad to be home after being away for a week.  Up and down elevators, eating alone in a hotel restaurant and afraid to venture far from the hotel because I didn’t know the area at all.  Life in Toronto is certainly all about lights and movement.  I spent three hours on the road on the way home, when it only should have taken two.  I wondered as I sat in traffic how people can deal with that every day.  There has to be a simpler way to live.  There have to be public transit answers that are consumer friendly.  Their must be solutions to make travel more accessible and easier for those of us who don’t know how to use and are a little afraid of the transit system.

The air on the 401 was so horrible I had to use my puffer and turn the air conditioner on so it was recirculating the air rather than bringing it in from outside.

Earth hour makes me wonder how seriously we really take this waste of our resources and drain on our finances.  It all seems so out of control some days.  I feel like a cog in a big machine which makes money for the rich, drains the poor and steals from the earth. I feel so helpless in it all.

But then maybe this hour is a start…a statement we can make to the powers who control our power.  A way to say we want to take back our earth and make it a better place to live.

It is going to be a little cold tomorrow evening but please make an effort to do something for that hour that doesn’t take any power.  Turn off your cell phones, and televisions, go for a walk or snuggle on the couch, play a board game or card game by candle light, visit with friends.  One hour of 8760 in a year won’t hurt – heck it might even be fun.

Got to the Earth Hour website and watch the video.  It is inspiring.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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