Earth Hour 2013: Turn Out the Lights and Enlighten Your Kids

Field Notes From Fatherhood

03_EH_60__LOGO_PRIMARY_CLR_JPEGA symbolic gesture, to be sure, one not likely to immediately  stop Superstorms or save the polar bear or stem the rising tides threatening to swamp our coastlines, but it’s a start.

On 31 March, 2007,  2.2 million people in Sydney, Australia, along with 2,100 businesses, turned out their lights between 7:30 and 8:30 pm. Originally conceived as a national event in Australia, by 2012 more than 6950 cities and towns across 152 countries were switching off for an hour.

Earth Hour 2013 will be held on March 23, from 8:30-9:30 pm your time, whatever time zone you’re in. They’ve put together a great video to help explain what it’s all about, but it’s pretty simple. No need to unplug your fridge, just turn off any non-critical electrical appliances – no TV, no computer, no lights, no non-battery-powered sex toys.

You could even make it something special, something memorable, for…

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