Turning off the lights

27 Mar

Earth: Totally worth voting for. Photo by Flickr user Prabhu B

Earth: Totally worth voting for. Photo by Flickr user Prabhu B

Guest post by my sister Sarah, who finds time to blog despite working on a master’s, having a full time job, and raising her daughter.

Tomorrow night, at 8:30pm local time (wherever you are), millions (hopefully billions) of people will be turning off their lights in a global display of support for the earth. Here’s what to do:


  • Sign up
  • Find communities on Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, and just about everywhere else.
  • Organize others: Your neighbors? Co-workers? A small gathering of friends?


  • On a small scale: light candles (beeswax or soy of course!) and tell ghost stories with friends or serve a candlelit dinner (or find a local restaurant that is doing so)
  • Got more people to entertain? How about hide and seek in the dark? A scavenger hunt perhaps? What about taking an “adventure walk” with flashlights through a local park?
  • Look up and learn something about the stars. (It is, after all, the International Year of Astronomy.)

The next day:

  • Take this opportunity to replace your standard incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs. Then join the community at One Billion Bulbs and track global progress.

Whatever you do, and wherever you are, be sure to turn off the lights. Not doing so is considered a vote for global warming. The votes  will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

I don’t know about all of you, but I intend to vote for the earth.


One Response to “Turning off the lights”


  1. Thanks, planet! « Everybody’s Invited! - November 17, 2010

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