This Little Light of Mine

By on May 2nd, 2008

At 8pm on March 29th 2008, people around the world showed the earth a little love. Initiated by Sydney’s effort in 2007, Earth Hour became a global movement this year, with millions turning off their electricity and appliances to take a stand against human-induced climate change. While the media hype was focused on the darkened city skylines and landmarks, little mention was made of the young children who forfeited their night lights and lullabies in the bedtime hour.

An article in the Sydney Herald today reported that two thirds of women took part in Earth Hour, while men (especially older, single men) showed much less interest. The report also suggested that the majority of Australian households with children took part while those without kids were less likely. If you are a parent like me, and you took the time to participate in Earth Hour with your family, I have to assume you got more back than you sacrificed. Not only was Earth Hour a great excuse to teach our children earth-friendly practices, it was also an opportunity to bond and make life-lasting memories. Whether you played a board game by candle light, watched the sunset from a window, or read a bedtime story on the front porch, chances are you remember that evening better than the one before.

Most mothers I know became more environmentally alert after having children. The reason young families were quick to participate in Earth Hour is obvious. We want our children and their children to inherit the Earth we know and love. Instead of accusing elders or singles for not caring

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enough, why not take a stand to show that we parents care more?

If you’re a parent who is serious about raising earth friendly kids, consider celebrating Earth Hour once a month instead of once a year. Does the last Saturday of the month work for you? If not, pick a different day. Hand your child a green marker and ask him or her to mark your calendar! Talk Green.ca will issue a monthly Earth Hour reminder in the last week of each month. Visit regularly for tips and suggestions on how to help your children maintain tiny carbon footprints as they grow.

Please take a moment to comment if you plan to participate. Thank you!

  • Tammy

    Count us in!

  • Yay! This may not be as much of a challenge in the summer months since it is still light in the evening, but I’m going to think of some fun ideas. Stay tuned!

  • I can’t imagine asking my 14 year old stepson to sit with us for an hour in candlelight. Or asking him to walk around the hosue for me unplugging everything. Which is probably why we should do it. I’ll try and report back. I’m not even sure my WIFE will agree.

  • Funny you should say that. I can’t imagine my teenage stepson doing it with us either. My four year old, on the other hand, keeps bugging me about doing it every time she hears it’s Saturday. “I think it should be Earth Hour this Saturday!” When I tell her it’s not until the end of the month it seems almost ridiculous to schedule it. But I’ve come to realize that habits only stick when you make a real point of them. Three months in a row usually works for me. Anyhow, the fact that our teens don’t think it’s cool to protect the earth may have more to do with what how we raised them rather than their age? What does everyone else think. I’m counting on these babes to get excited about saving the world, and I think the sooner they get on board the better.