Friday, March 27, 2009

Earth hour


On Saturday - March 28 - the world is joining together for one hour - turning off the lights in homes, towns and cities. www.earthhour.org is the place to find more information.

Come, let's all join together - for one hour. Turn off the lights - sit in the calm darkness . . .


Light a candle - let's make a statement for our earth - we need changes and we need them now.

Besides turning off the lights for one hour - let's all decide to use less power - turn off the lights when not using them. . .


Use the dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes (if you have a dishwasher) - it uses less power and less hot water than hand washing . . .

Turn off the water when brushing your teeth . . .
Use filtered water instead of buying bottles that go into the land fill . . .

Use a stainless steel cup for our coffee or tea . . .


Dry clothes on the clothesline whenever possible (ahhh the smell of sheets dried outdoors)

Use cloth bags when shopping - instead of plastic. I'm workingon remembering my bags every time I shop for anything. If I forget my cloth bags and don't want to go back to the car to fetch them, I make myself carry everything to the car without a bag. A couple times of juggling things and my "rememberer" got a lot better. I fancied up some canvas bags I got on ebay for about 1.10 each - by adding a quilt block - they are pretty and get lots of comments in the stores.

The list goes on and on - let's all step up and do our part.
Together we can be the solution.


We plan a quiet hour - though we will probably start at 7:30 and go until at least 9:30 - so we can watch the evening come in - one of our favorite things to do in the spring, summer and fall.

Our kids often stop by when we are watching the evening come in - and they laugh and call us moles - but we are certainly happy moles.
Visit earthhour.org for more information . . . let's make a difference!

9 comments:

Leanne said...

good post Joann, although I do allof those already! I too will be lighting a candle and observing earth hour. lets all show how much we really DO care about our lovely Earth

from another Mole!

Leanne x

Lindah said...

We do many of those things, too. (Oh how I wish I could have a clothesline! Did you know that you can wrap a queensize sheet around a clothes hanger....and have it dry in one day...in our CA summer days? The rest of the year...forget it.) One thing I would like to ask re: dish washing. What happened to the old instruction that a full washer uses less water than washing by hand?

Crispy said...

Great post Jo, I do most of this. When washing dishes by hand (no dishwasher) I fill a plastic dish pan with water to rinse my dishes instead of running under the faucet. The only thing I don't do is hang clothes on the line, I hate the stiffness and wrinkles and after doing this for a month, it only saved around $5 in my bill.

Crispy

Linda and Alan said...

Now i know what to do with all of those string strip blocks I've been making. I must own at least 8 shopping bags, and have the "remembering" problem myself.
Good post, girl.

Ramblings From Spain said...

What a worthy, informative post, and very well illustrated with photos too! Loved the bunnies on the fabric the other day too btw x

Elenka said...

Very nice commentary on Earth Hour.
Just a comment about a comment you left on my blog....yes....Get going on your watercolors!! Then...let's see it!! It doesn't matter how it comes out, as long as you like it and have fun!!

Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

I wrote it down to do this tonight!

linda said...

hello~
I found you at lila's and thought I would stop by :)

what a lovely and thoughtful post and thank you, I didn't know about this until reading this. I know, I live in a cave as it just popped up on the radio as I wrote that!! thanks for all these great ideas, some of which I had not known, like the dishwasher, I would have thought the opposite...I try and leave my bags in the car and then they're there when i need them. and oh, to have a clothesline, one of those things on the honey do list~soon, he tells me, hahaha..

blessings to you...

*karendianne. said...

Did you make it? Did you do Earth Hour? I ended up with company and by the time everyone left I was so whipped I just fell out on the couch with the TV and forgot all about it. Bummer.