How many of you participated in “Earth Hour” yesterday? Come on, raise your hands, don’t be shy, speak up and share your experiences!
What “power down” methods did you use and how did you spend your time? Also, do you find time to “power down” more than 1 hr a week?
Didn’t know about it?
Earth Hour is an international event that asks households and businesses to turn off their lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour on the evening of 29 March at 8 pm local time until 9 pm to promote electricity conservation and thus lower carbon emissions. It may also help reduce light pollution, and in 2008, coincides with the beginning of National Dark Sky Week in the USA.
For us, urban homesteaders, yesterday’s “Earth Hour” was just like any regular night here on the urban homestead – little or no lights! That’s right, every night is “Earth Night” at our place. In fact, our home is so low lit that when friends visit they think we aren’t home (true story!) Not only do we power down every night, but every Saturday is no/low tech day. A time when we spend time with friends, family, goats and nature!
With the recent “Earth Hour” campaign/awareness more and more folks will hopefully make energy conservation measure a lifestyle choice. Small steps do indeed have big impact!
Wouldn’t it be neat to one day actually see the stars from the City of Angeles? Remember what a star filled sky looks like? Can’t imagine how some city folks go their entire lives not knowing the beauty and awe of a black, starlit night. Only a hundred years ago everyone on earth saw the same night sky. Now it’s polluted with light and only a few handfuls see the sky in its unadulterated glory.
In fact ( I wrote about this sometime back) modern, artificial lights are not only harmful to the environment and energy wasters, but they also have a negative effect on humans. That’s right! No, or low lights are better for your health.
There are many interesting studies on the affects of lightening and health.
Exposure to bright light at night can disrupt the internal clocks that make our various circadian cycles tick. Such cycles affect behavioral rhythms, daily changes in blood and urine chemistry, and the production of melatonin, a hormone involved in wake/sleep cycles and body-temperature fluctuations that is produced at night by the pineal gland. Connected by nerves to the eye, the pineal gland is very light-sensitive, and sudden or continuous exposure to a bright light can suppress the production of melatonin. In the short term, the disruption of biological rhythms can produce grogginess, depression, and impaired thinking.
– Via The Dark Side of Light
Let’s power down and unplug for the health of the planet and people!