Earth Hour is going one step further in 2011 with its “Beyond the Hour” campaign. What’s this about? It’s about going one step further. First you show your commitment to the planet by turning off your lights, TV etc. for an hour, starting at 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 26. Next, you pledge to an action or project, big or small, that will sustain our planet’s health and resources.
There are many places to find inspiration, such as:
-The beyondthehour pledge page (hover over the squares to see pledges),
– The Youtube video below or go to the Youtube Earth Hour site and watch the longer 8-minute video with many clips of people describing their actions.
Whatever you do, don’t be intimidated by the “high-profile” initiatives–small changes made by individuals have an impact. For example, my pledges are modest— even one would have been sufficient but these are changes I want to make:
- conserve more water, for example, by using bath water in the garden,
- use more energy-efficient light bulbs, and
- check car tire pressure regularly to reduce fuel consumption.
My inspiration came from a list posted by Earth Hour ambassador, Miranda Kerr. Here is my paraphrase of items on her list—if the list isn’t useful for you, please scroll down and check out the Youtube video!
- Buy local produce to reduce carbon emissions from transportation
- Walk, cycle, or use public transit whenever possible
- Keep tires inflated at the correct level to minimize fuel consumption
- Turn off the lights when not in use
- Unplug computers, TVs, and other electronics when not in use
- Use less heat in winter and less air conditioning in summer
- Use chemical-free cleaning products
- Use cold water instead of hot whenever possible
- Use bath water to water garden plants
- Avoid packaging when possible; choose packaging that can be recycled
- Purchase clothing that is “ethically made, not mass produced”
- Use water-saving shower nozzles and low-flush toilets
- Avoid wasting food
- Have shorter showers
- Convert to energy-efficient light bulbs