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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Earth Hour 2014

"The earth is what we all have in common."
Wendell Berry

I decided that I would take part in Earth Hour tonight and I ended up really enjoying it. For those of you who don't know what Earth Hour is, it's a worldwide movement uniting people to protect the planet. It's organised by the World Wildlife Fund. The event is held towards the end of March annually, encouraging individuals, communities households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. There is also fundraising efforts for environmental and social projects around the world. For example, all of the money raised through Earth Hour UK will support WWF's work in the Mau Mara Serengeti. I donated £3 to their efforts by texting 'STAR' to 70060

I couldn't persuade the rest of the people in my house to do it, but at 8:15pm my dad heated me some Chinese food and made me a cup of tea. Just before 8:30pm I had some candles lit and I had my bedroom light turned off and I also turned off my laptop, since I felt like having a big bright laptop screen shining was cheating. I enjoyed my food in my dark, candlelit room as I watched the Earth Hour live stream on my phone. They had Sophie Eliss Bexter playing. 

My candle lit dinner. 

My candle lit face.

Once I had finished my food, I did some crocheting. Which was harder than I anticipated, since the candles weren't actually that bright. Speaking of the candles, it was short notice so I had to use whatever candles I available. My sister was kind enough to let me borrow hers. I'm not sure how eco-friendly they are though. I think I'll keep that in mind for next year. 

I've been thinking about the environment quite a bit lately. I think when I move house, I'm going to try and be a lot more eco-friendly. I know you're probably thinking 'why wait?' and I do want to try and start now, but the reality is it's hard when you're not physically capable and living in a house with people who don't even recycle. I guess what I'm saying is, when I move I will be able to exercise the 'my house, my rules' motto. Because I really care so much about the earth and the creatures that live on it, it's about time I started showing it. 

But yes, the hour flew in and it was time to blow out the candles and turn on the lights. And people might say what was the point? What did I achieve by turning off my lights for an hour.. but much the same as with the No Make Up Selfies, I can't deny that it definitely got me thinking. And awareness is the first step to taking action. 

Until next year. 
PS: That last candle was a bitch! 

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