Yes, my RL hubby “Archimides” and I will be participating in Earth Hour. No, I don’t have one of those groovy plugins for my blog saying so (“Did she just say…’groovy’?!”). I apparently am not yet tech savvy enough to figure out the world of Plugins for WP, though I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before I get it.
Earth Hour, for those of you who aren’t aware of it yet, begins at 8:30 PM your local time. For one hour, everything electric that isn’t absolutely essential (like refrigeration) gets shut off and unplugged. Unplugging is important, because even if you have items like your TV or computer shut off, it’s still consuming electricity while it’s plugged in (in fact, if you want to save tons on your electric bill, unplug your electronics when you turn in at the end of your day every day. Even just shutting off the power strip makes a huge difference).
Now, myself being of the elven persuasion, of course I’m thrilled at such a simple yet practical idea for helping to raise awareness about conservation. Conserving on electricity is a great way to help cut CO2 emissions, which contribute to global warming. It’s one of those things that makes us as individuals feel like we really can do something about it. And while we’re sitting quietly for an hour, we may also find ourselves inspired to do other things as well, or at very least, become more mindful about how much power we consume and practice lowering that.
I was going to spend my hour playing SL on my charged-up laptop, heh, but our router’s going to be unplugged as well. So what are some things you can do for Earth Hour, without SL?
- Write, pen-to-paper, by candlelight. If it was good enough for Shakespeare it’s good enough for you.
- Knit or crochet. This is only recommended if you’re skillful enough to do so in low light. Then again, they do have light-up LED needles and hooks now…
- Sit down with the one you love and actually talk. Just talk. About stuff.
- Read a book.
- Play a game of chess or Trivial Pursuit.
- Go outside and look at the night sky.
Here are some things you should not do during Earth Hour:
- Perform surgery.
- Play darts.
- Paint your brother’s miniature gaming figures.
- Try your fire-building skills indoors. Especially bad if you don’t have a fireplace.
Kidding aside, be careful that you don’t replace carbon dioxide emissions with carbon monoxide emissions. Camp heaters and stoves are meant to be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas, not in your house or apartment. Toxic fumes from such things can be fatal, and there’s no need to be a martyr here. Never burn charcoal indoors, even in a fireplace. Don’t use your gas stove to heat the house. Don’t run anything with a gasoline-powered engine indoors.
Instead, just sit tight, light a bunch of candles, unplug everything you can get away with unplugging, and relax. Enjoy the quiet for an hour. There’ll be time for SL drama afterwards.
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