Earth Love, beyond Earth Hour

mainEarth Hour’s 10 year old initiative to go dark for the planet takes place at 8:30pm tonight.

Earth Hour 2010It all began in Australia in 2005 when the World Wildlife Federation dreamed up a way to raise awareness about the impact of climate change. It has since become the largest voluntary action for the environment, with people and organizations all around the world turning off all non-essential lights for an hour.

Btih7V_CQAAw9md-1Turning off the lights is just one way to express our affection and concern for Planet Earth.

Here are a couple of others… just to get the ball rolling. Got more? Please add them to the list, by dropping a comment below!

earth-hour-movie-poster-2009-1020489293Park the car and walk or ride around town. Literally “run” your errands, instead of driving from stop to stop.

Think like an Australian, when it comes to water. If you know an Aussie, you know they call faucets “taps” and have a fanatical aversion to leaving the water running while brushing their teeth. Coming off our unseasonally warm winter, with its low snowpack, the wiser we can be about water use, all year, the better off we’ll be. So channel that water-miser and she’ll be right.

Eat your Veggies. Consuming locally grown food is one of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Plus it’s delicious, and helps embed you in the fabric of our amazing community of growers, farmers, and primary producers. Stop by the Farmers Market, buy a Community Supported Agriculture share or invest in a share in a local pig or cow. Look for “local” or “BC” signs in the produce section.

Grow something. (A beard counts – fewer disposable razor blades!) But we’re really talking about planting a seed, a tree, or a patch of garden. The Women’s Institute Plant Sale and Seed Swap May 2 is a good place to get started.

Use re-usable shopping bags and coffee mugs. The best fashion accessory is a coffee mug with a groovy logo or a reusable grocery bag that’s hefty enough not to tear apart because of your spaghetti sauce. Try and make it a habit. It will stick eventually and mean less pointless waste.

Support the ReUse It Centre. It’s new to Pemberton and keeps stuff out of the waste stream. Buying second hand, whether at the ReUse It, thrift store, at a garage sale or via the Facebook Buy and Sell page, also means less packaging and a longer life span for our things. Plus, it’s a great way to save money.