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Lights Out

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.


  1. Jay on March 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    I work in an office in the west loop participating in Earth Hour, and I wonder what the Chicago skyline will look like. I kind of want to come downtown for the event and take a photo of all the unlit buildings.

  2. denise on March 27, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Jay–it would definitely be interesting to see what it looks like downtown! According to NBC, 160 buildings, including Sears Tower and John Hancock, are turning off non-essential lights. And the golden arches on 485 McDonald’s will be turned off! How will people ever find them?? 🙂

  3. southsideandy on March 27, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Hmmm…this might not go over so well with the NCAA fans around… 🙂

  4. denise on March 28, 2008 at 9:06 am

    southsideandy: Yeah, I guess those would be considered “essential” lights by some…

  5. Derek on March 28, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I think they’re having a small street party with hot chocolate in our neighbourhood. Although I guess the camp stove isn’t exactly green, it’s nice to meet some of the neighbours.

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