I’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.