Earth Hour is tonight between 8:30 and 9:30 pm where I live. I ran a search and found threads about this from as long as 12 years ago, so I figured I should find out what current permies are doing to celebrate it.
Hubby, of course, thinks it's total bunk! I give it a little more leeway - it's a teaching tool, but not necessarily a good one. We both agree that people need to look at their electrical usage year round, but for people who can't imagine having no electricity for an hour, turning off the main breaker for an hour and then having to reset all their grid-tied clocks, realizing their gas furnace doesn't actually heat the house with no electricity for the fans, and several other things they may miss even for an hour, might get them thinking about power security, but alas, I suspect many people got that heads up for days this past winter. This suggests that since Earth Hour started in 2007, as a species, we haven't evolved much since then.
So I'm hoping all you wonderful permies will cheer me up by telling me stories about great things you've done that support the "Spirit of Earth Hour".
Things like building an awesome root cellar or cold cupboard so you need less fridge space.
Things like building a RMH so you don't need electricity to heat your house.
Adding lots of insulation so you don't need so much heat to begin with (Wofatis count - the earth is sort of insulation, although "heat sink" might be a better descriptor - experts please weigh in on that)
Thanks for the reminder!
Building a RMH in an hour would be a real badass celebration of Earth Hour, haha!
I could plan something to do in the garden, but that's more like a daily work than a celebration... so perhaps I can spend an hour on designing my next project - which would be a personalized calendar for my family (maybe also a more "general" one for sale). It will include all our birthdays and other important dates, but also some info about seasons, plants, etc - what to do when. I've been planning this for years and I know I have to start *now* if I want to have them as Christmas gifts...