Earth Hour 2011
Tomorrow over 420 Canadian cities will be doing its part to support clean energy and fight climate change by taking a dark plunge for Earth Hour 2011. Starting at 8:30 on March 26, businesses, stores, restaurants, home owners, renters, families, their pets, your friends, my friends, will reach for the light switch and turn off all the lights for one whole hour. On top of that they will also pull out the plug to their TV, computers(gasp!) and other non-vital electronics. You too can support the cause by flipping the on switch to off. Here’s a couple of things to make wandering in the dark easier than stubbing some unfortunate toes:
- Light some candles! Preferably natural beeswax. It gives of a nice warm glow and a nice warm scent and doesn’t release icky chemicals the way paraffin wax does.
- Keep rechargeable flashlights on hand. Not only that you can see where you’re going, they’re handy for flashlight tag or sneaking up on your friends and giving them the ‘under-lit spooky face’ scare. Time for some scary stories!
- On that note, have a little campfire in your backyard (if you have one). Do we need any more of an excuse to roast some marshmallows, tell scary stories, play the guitar and sing campfire songs like the good ol’ scouting days?
- Mission Impossible Capture the Flag. In youth group we’d have our biannual ultimate capture the flag tournament in a forest at night. All that we were equipped with were our flashlights, muddy clothes and our sense of survival. The flags were located deep in the forest and we had to crawl under fern and bush as sneakily and quietly as possible to pass the guards and nab that flag. Time to put your Tom Cruise skills to the test.
- A romantic candlelight dinner for those who don’t want to get muddy. Or a game of Monopoly for those who want to skip the mushy mood. Be warned, Monopoly can get dangerous, especially when your sibling has 3 hotels on Park Place. Don’t go flipping boards tonight! The only flipping you need to do is the light switch!