It seemed very apropos that I come across the following ad for Earth Hour on YouTube last night after blogging all about lights, or rather turning them off when not in use by way of sensors and timers yesterday.
Are you familiar with Earth Hour? I wanted to learn more so I clicked on to a related video (see below), to discover a single cool city started this now amazing global event.
I recall being in France last year when I was invited on Facebook by a friend to partake. I was unable to appreciate an entire city turning off their skyscraper lights... I wasn't and am still unsure if Paris participated... But I pictured Toronto, remembering the Northeast Blackout of 2003 and the only time I recall seeing so many stars in the sky in a major city.
The unexpected lights out on that hot 14th of August, as I fondly recall, brought together strangers. Impromptu BBQ neighbourhood-wide invitations to prevent perishable foods from going to waste, stargazing in the parks or simply offering a glass of water to a passerby walking home... From what I hear there are many who wish we could have a commemorative blackout each year to save energy and re-energize a sense of uncommon community.
Earth Hour may just be one hour, and may not cause the excitement the Northeast Black of 2003 did... Regardless, it's a great cause to raise eco-awareness. Here's hoping you Vote Earth! Want more information? Visit: earthhour.org and help spread the word.