At 8.30 pm on Saturday March 26, electric lights and appliances will be switched off for one hour across Sydney, and around the globe, to celebrate Earth Hour, now in its fifth year.
Earth Hour is a community event to raise awareness of the need to take action on climate change. Yes, there are the large-scale and potentially contentious government policies to put a price on carbon, and to introduce an emissions trading scheme, but there are many small-scale actions you and I can take to help conserve energy, reduce waste, and adopt a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle.
For example, you could walk, or ride a bike, rather than use your car, at least once a week. Eat less meat. Hang clothes on a clothes line instead of using the dryer. Try not to leave TVs and other electrical appliances on standby mode. Arrange a home energy audit and follow the recommendations given. Every little bit helps, and you’ll feel good about your decisions, and you’ll be saving money too.
So this Saturday night, switch off for an hour as a responsible consumer. The planet will love you for it.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 20 March 2011.
Theologian, researcher, teacher, writer, foodie, husband, dad. Works at Moore Theological College.