I want to say I took part in Earth Hour, from 8:30-9:30 p.m. last Saturday night, for noble reasons. I want to say it was to help raise my awareness about sustainability issues and take a stand against climate change – I really do.
And it was partly those things that motivated me to turn my lights out and not use electricity for that hour. The other part was (blushing now) the fun factor.
I remember when I was a girl, getting all excited when the power went out after dark.
“Let’s play Little House on the Prairie!” my sister and I would shriek.
Part of me never outgrew the novelty. And while I could turn out all the lights in the house and spend the evening surrounded by candlelight any time I want, it’s just not something I think about doing. Until an occasion like Earth Hour comes up.
I wish I could say we did something romantic in the glow of the soft candlelight. I’ve heard of people playing board games, drinking wine, or meeting en masse at a designated spot. Me? I rearranged my mantel, set the camera on a tripod and took pictures while Mr. Pear Tree sat smuggly on the couch with his iPad, emphasising, “but it’s not plugged it!”
But the point is, we participated – along with millions of people around the world.
And when the hour was over, I was loathe to turn the lights back on. The harsh glare of a lightbulb is not nearly as pleasant as the soft, warm glow of dozens of candles scattered throughout the house. And the shadows were stunning.
I hope I don’t wait until next Earth Hour to try it again.
What did you do while the lights were out?
– Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier