The Earth Hour initiative is back! Every year, millions of people all over the world take part by switching off the lights at 8.30PM local time for an hour in support of this annual event. In that one hour, we commit to candlelight with no usage of energy in hopes we can save tons of carbon dioxide emissions from going into the atmosphere.
When the Earth Hour was first launched, many questioned the significance of turning everything off for an hour. Hour isn’t without its critics, which many questioning this action as a regression into the cave people era. Energy experts also say Earth Hour could actually increase carbon emissions the moment lights are turned back on.
So what’s the significance, again? We say it isn’t just about shutting off the lights. It’s about our responsibility as human beings. Earth Hour is a great symbol to empower us to do more than tweet about our environmental woes. We’ve got 5 easy ways you can contribute to save energy, and do your bit for Mother Earth too!
1. Unplug Your Electronics!
Earth Hour isn’t just about shutting off the lights you’re not using, it’s about conserving energy! When you’re done charging your phones or laptop, unplug your electronics. Known as vampire power, your plugged goods are drawing energy all the time. Don’t just switch off, unplug!
2. Cold Meal, Anyone?
Don’t panic, we love our hot foods! However, it does take a lot of energy to prepare hot meals. Make cold meals instead. It can be a sandwich, ahi tuna and of course, salads. Reduce your carbon footprint, and keep healthy! We’re obsessed with the salad, pictured above. You’ll only need green leaf lettuce, yellow pepper, cucumber and red cabbage. Top with a corn-parsley-cilantro-lime-scallion dressing, and you’re set!
3. Replace Incandescent Bulbs with CLF Bulbs
It’s really simple. CLF (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) bulbs are low energy, using only one-fifth of the incandescent bulb. CLF bulbs may be a bit pricier, but can last up to ten times longer!
4. Be A Superhero!
Earth Hour appointed Spiderman as this year’s superhero ambassador, and it’s the perfect pairing! In conjunction with the release of The Amazing Spiderman 2, share tips and ideas on how you’re a Superhero for our planet on Instagram. Stand a chance to win a prize! For more information, click here.
Want to do more? Combine forces with the Spiderman family and support their Earth Hour Blue crowdfunding project! Join Andrew Garfield in supporting ‘A Flame Called Hope’, which provides clean bio-gas energy for local communities in Nepal, which reduces deforestation and creates an alternative means of livelihood for families in the area.
You can also choose to contribute to a project of your choice, via Earth Hour Blue. Be part of the crowd to protect our planet!
5. Plant a Tree
It’s not just about conserving energy, it’s about a commitment to a better life! Planting a tree doesn’t just bring much needed life into a cold space, but removes carbon dioxide from the air and replaces it with oxygen. We knew that!
What about some of us with no space to plant anything? Use whatever space you have! Get a few plants, and put them on your balcony. It’s not just about the planting, it’s about surrounding yourself with more greenery.
Earth Hour isn’t just an hour long effort, but a wake up call for all of us. Do your bit to make easy lifestyle changes. A little goes a long way!
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