Chicago is the designated flagship city for the U.S. and one of many cities around the world participating in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29.
For one hour, you are encouraged to turn off all non-essential lights in your house. According to the web site:
Earth Hour’s not just about cutting back for one hour. It’s about taking a stand and thinking ahead about what you, your neighbors and your city can do to slow climate change.
You don’t have to live in one of the designated cities to participate, so at 8 p.m. on Saturday night, won’t you join in and turn off your lights? Yes, your TV too. And computer no blogging for just one hour.
Residents should also consider unplugging non-essential items like cell phone chargers, computers and countertop appliances when not in use. We strongly urge residents and businesses to use flashlights instead of candles during Earth Hour. Also, Earth Hour is a completely voluntary program.
So what to do for that hour? Well, you can download Earth Hour’s pdf of 10 Things to do in the Dark for suggestions like Give yourself an Energy Makeover or Go Green with your Kids.
If you don’t like their suggestions, how about sitting on the floor in a circle and telling spooky stories with a flashlight under your chin like how the Wilkins Ice Shelf broke off in Antarctica today? Talk about spooky.
Or just do something that you might normally do in the dark you’re on your own for ideas there.