Across the globe today people will be turning off all their lights for an hour starting at 8:30pm local time tonight for the World Wildlife Fund's annual Earth Hour campaign.
It's all about raising public awareness about climate change, and a massive public display of solidarity that will let everyone know that they are not alone in their concern about the issue.
It's also about watching a big giant drop in worldwide energy consumption. In fact, a local company where I live called Pulse Energy will be tracking the drop in energy use at major facilities (like the home of the Vancouver Canucks) in real time. It will be very cool to see what kind of difference Earth Hour it makes, even if it is just for an hour.
So what do you do in the darkness for an hour on a Saturday night? As a seasoned Earth Hour pro, here is 5 things I would suggest:
1. Ya know (wink, wink). Okay, it probably is the best thing to do on a Saturday night with the lights out for an hour. I know there is a lot of kids born 9 months after the Christmas Holidays. I wonder if there will be a big bump in babies 9 months from today?
2. Risk, Monopoly or any other classic board game. Remember board games? Those things we all played before Guitar Hero and Wii Bowling? Light some candles, dust off the Trivial Pursuit and have fun!
3. Camp fire. Make sure its legal before you do it, but what's more fitting than a campfire and some Kumbya during Earth Hour.
4. Kick back with a glass of wine and stare off into the nothingness. No music, no computer, no phone, no Blackberry (my wife's very happy about this one). Just an hour of silent bliss.
5. Go for a walk. See how many of your neighbors are also taking part. I bet you will be surprised how many other people are concerned about climate change and taking part in Earth Hour along with you.
Are you taking part in Earth Hour? If so, what are you going to do?