Want to make a statement about climate change? Want to see your neighborhood without lights? Have you ever heard of Vote Earth? It began as an initiative in Sydney, Australia to get citizens to get to turn off their lights, to make a statement about climate change. What is the statement? That you care about the earth and the future. It’s less about the action of turning off your light having an impact, as it as about the collective stand to make a difference, with one little action by everyone. Small steps make a big difference when many people join together.
The 2009 goal is to involve one billion people and more than 1000 cities. So far 64 countries are participating. Major cities, including New York City and San Francisco and Rome participated, all turning off lights of iconic landmarks.
So what can you do? Turn off your lights from 8:30 – 9:30 pm (your time) on Saturday March 28, 2009. Light candles, have a bonfire, gaze at the stars, enjoy the darkness. Check out the website for blogging widgets, posters, stickers, letters, advice on how to encourage others in your community. See ideas here. It is only one hour of your Saturday night. It’s just 60 minutes. You can do it! Turn off all of your lights. Step outside and go for a stroll and consider how great of an initiative this is. People all over the world believe in choosing to protect the earth, together. Read the website, take action, and vote earth! Click here to sign up to make sure that your participation is counted.
I’ll be sure to post a reminder on March 27 and then participate on March 28! That’s 8 days away! Once the hour is over, share your experiences.