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How Did You Celebrate Earth Hour?

2013 March 26

By: Kelly Siegel

Did you participate in Earth Hour on Saturday?  If not, it’s ok!  Although Earth Hour took place on Saturday March 23, 2013 at 8:30PM, we can make every hour, Earth Hour. 

Earth Hour began in 2007 and has been gaining steam ever since.  It involves world participation in hopes to raise awareness on climate change.  For one hour, everyone turns off their non-essential lights.  My roommates and I did this on Saturday night and realized we don’t need our computers, tv, and phones all going at the same time to have fun!

It is important to realize that we should not celebrate Earth Hour for one hour every year, but every hour of every day!  There are little things we can do every day to raise awareness and fight climate change, that are so simple that they are often forgotten.  Try some of these out: 

  1. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  2. Try to fall asleep without your TV or computer on.  Not only does this conserve electricity but you will get a better night’s sleep!
  3. Don’t just put your computer to sleep when not in use, but actually shut it down.  This goes for all appliances. 
  4. You don’t always need to be connected to the internet.  Take a break to read a book or write a blog post!
  5. Get your friends and family involved.  You can brainstorm about other ways to be energy efficient together.

Kelly Siegel is a student volunteer in the EPA’s Air and Radiation Division in Region 5, and is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She has a passion for sustainable development, running, and traveling with friends.

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  1. Dylan DePriest permalink
    May 20, 2013

    Although Earth hour sounds like a good idea with a good concept on paper, in reality turning your lights off for only one hour does not decrease the amount of coal being burned at your local power plant. I hate that people believe that they are helping the environment when they aren’t doing a single thing for it. If you want to help the environment while sitting at home, then donate. If you want to help the environment yourself, then grab your mud boots and an old pair of jeans, because you need to work for it. My school planted hundreds of cypress and nutall oak saplings in City park, Louisiana for a piece of land that had been invaded by and cleared of an invasive species of bamboo. That’s a little more than just flicking a switch off and thinking that you just fixed the earth and that everything will be okay. Unless you care enough to get out of your house and do something about the many, many problems with the environment, nothing will get better.

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