Sunday, March 30, 2008

Dark Was the Night

Tonight we participated in Earth Hour.

Starting at 8 p.m., we turned off all the lights and electronics in the house, lit candles, and hung out. Scott played guitar and sang a lot of his old songs that he doesn't play that often. Brendan went to bed with a battery-powered lantern that he had gotten for Christmas from an aunt and only came downstairs once after going to bed. He was very willing to go along with the flow and didn't complain or question what we were doing.

It was cool.

It was definitely a motivator to think about all the ways we can conserve energy and I was thinking it would be cool to do this at least once a week.

I only glanced out once or twice and couldn't really tell how many houses on our street were participating. I think at least one or two were. Hopefully more.

If nothing else it was a good opportunity to teach Brendan about being a good citizen of the Earth.


Jen said...

Very cool! I had heard about this, but we were out at dinner with friends and I forgot about it. I admire you for taking part!

Dawn said...

It was so nice, especially here with the rain falling, that we didn't turn on any lights until almost midnight. We did put on some music around 10 p.m. or so. But we didn't even realize 2 hours had passed.

And we didn't turn on tv until after midnight.

I know in the grand scheme of things not turning on any lights for a couple of hours doesn't make a huge difference, but I do think little things add up and if everyone thinks about the small ways they can change their energy consumption, eventually, together, we can make a difference.