At 8pm on the 29 March, 2008, millions of people in some of the world’s major capital cities, including Copenhagen, Toronto, Chicago, Melbourne, Brisbane, Tel Aviv and Manila will unite and switch off for Earth Hour.
This year Singapore will be part of this global effort organized by the WWF to attempt at making a statement in energy conservation. Apparently Sydney did it in a big way in 2007 by going as far as switching off all the lights on the Sydney Harbor Bridge for 1 hour! The efforts in 1 hour on 1 day reduced Sydney’s energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour, which is the equivalent effect of taking 48,000 cars off the road for one hour.
Earth Hour is not the only such effort in the world where you have Lights Out America in various cities in the United States and Candle Night Project in Japan and Taiwan.
Now Singapore’s organizers are calling for more people, businesses and government from Singapore to be involved in Earth Hour and get them to turn off their lights for one hour at 8pm, March 29, 2008. In fact, their efforts even appeared in the press today! What more, to join the ranks of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Singapore’s Suntec City is going to turn off the multicolored lights on top of the sails above the convention center from 8-9pm! So don’t be surprised. There’s no black out. It’s Earth Hour!
Of course you don’t have to sit in the dark. Here are some ideas for things you can do for one hour without light:
1) Join a lights out party!
There are several held around Singapore. Turn off all the lights in your house, grab your family and head on down to these venues to join in the fun. An hour away from the computer is an hour with humanity!
2) Go for a night walk
There are several nature areas and parks in Singapore where you can go for a nice stroll with your family, children, friends or partners. Quite romantic! How about just take advantage of all the street lights we have and read a book in the void deck for an hour while enjoying the night breeze?
Enjoy the darkness and admire the stars with a group that has organized a stargazing session at the field in front of Chinese Garden.
4) Go camping!
Grab your children and family and go on an adventure camping on the beach! There are many islands and beaches in Singapore where you can camp at for free. If not camping, maybe you can grab a big group of friends and have a BBQ or campfire on the beach while getting them to turn off all the lights in their homes!
Here are more things individuals can do. Find out more on the Earth Hour Singapore blog. Many of the metblogs cities are also responding to this call for Earth Hour. Check this list out.