Turn off your lights and unplug anything you can this Saturday night, March 28, 2009, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. You’ll be joining over one billion people, in over 2,800 cities and towns in 84 countries, who have chosen to conserve energy during the international “Earth Hour” celebration. This is the first time Houston will officially participate.
One hour without electricity doesn’t seem like much, but if enough people turn off their lights and appliances, etc., huge amounts of energy can be saved. Hopefully this brief participation will make all of us think a bit more about how we use (and misuse) this finite resource and will inspire us to take further actions. For more information, visit www.earthhour.org or www.earthhourus.org.
Then, on April 24, turn out your lights again for the 2nd annual “Lights Out Houston” program. Although this program primarily targets Houston businesses, all of us can participate. Last year the electricity saved was enough to power 4,600 average Texas homes for a year! Check out http://www.houston.org/lights-out-houston/ to learn more and to see a list of businesses/corporations that participated in 2008. If your company is not on the list, encourage the powers that be where you work to join this worthy effort!
And be sure to get outside to gaze up at the stars during these “lights out” events! Without all the “light pollution” of a normally-lit night in the greater Houston area, you should be able to see a lot more stars and constellations! Lots more at www.darksky.organd www.starrynightlights.com/lpIndex.html.