March 27, 2009

EARTH HOUR is Tomorrow Night at 8:30pm!

Get ready to switch off your lights, and all unnecessary electricity tomorrow night at 8:30 pm local time (wherever you are), and take part in Earth Hour 2009. This year, 2,500 cities in 82 countries worldwide are participating in this global event to take action against climate change.

Most younger children will be asleep at 8:30pm, but for the older kids, this is a fun, easy, educational way to involve them in learning about the environment. Some critics have been blasting Earth Hour, calling it a "big turnoff" because they feel that sixty minutes of shutting down power usage won't do a darn thing to help the planet... people will feel like they've done their good deed, and then flip their lights back on, and go on their merry way... I can see the point here, but I think if we use Earth Hour as an hour of reflection and solemnity, realizing that the literal future of our planet and our lives are at stake, we can make the event a launching pad as opposed to a one hit wonder.

We can teach our children the importance of participating in global events such as this, but also the necessity to live each day, each hour, with the best interest of the earth in mind.

Click here to visit the Earth Hour site designed especially for kids!

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