I strongly believe that the small actions we take in our lives can have a huge effect on the larger world.
Robb and I try to "live lightly on the earth." We have been making an effort to reduce our water consumption, by using a wash-basin for dishes, and then using the wash-water on our garden. We've made a conscious choice not to own a clothes dryer, which is considered a totally freaky choice in America, but is No Big Deal in much of the world. We compost and recycle. We turn off the lights, when we leave a room.
And I really believe that these little things can add up.
Tonight, we'll be participating in Earth Hour, from 8:30 until 9:30. We'll turn off the lights, shut down the computer, and not watch television. Maybe we'll bundle up, and sit in the garden. We'll take some time to slow down, and think about what it means to use less power.
We've done this for several years, now. It's a small, simple gesture, and one that I think is worth making.
Won't you take a moment today -- and in the future -- to turn off the appliances that you're not using, and to shut off unused lights? Turning off unnecessary lights saves energy, reduces the production of climate-changing greenhouse gases, and makes the night skies less confusing for migratory songbirds.
Won't you join us in the dark, tonight?