My Earth Hour experience

My initial take on the night? A disappointment. But I’m waiting to hear back about the decrease in energy consumption from the people who can tell me this sort of information before I completely lose hope in the movement.

The first disappointment of the day (albeit a personal one) came from my brother deciding to stay home at the last minute. My parents and I got down to Nathan Phillips Square just in time to get some free hot chocolate, find a spot where we wouldn’t be trampled on, and where we could hear well enough. Unfortunately, we couldn’t see anything because all the prime spots had been taken by people who had probably been there since 5:00 p.m. But it didn’t matter, there was quite a good buzz around the place and we were content enough with being able to hear well. Then came the second disappointment of the day when I realised that I had left my digital camera at home, and that Dad hadn’t packed the flash for his 35mm SLR. (You may have noticed the lack of photographs in this post.) Crap!

Close to 8:00 p.m., they started the 10 second countdown… but the excitement didn’t last long. Nothing happened when we reached the elusive climax. The BMO building didn’t even turn off all their lights even after they started to (a few minutes after our countdown). But what was most disappointing was how many lights we saw lit on the drive home. We saw far too many unnecessary lights on for Earth Hour; billboard lights, neon signs at closed stores, bright fluorescent lights at close stores, classroom lights at Ryerson, the list would go on… but I’m going to stop there. Strikes three and four!

We only stayed for Nelly Furtado, and the Philosopher Kings because I didn’t have any particular interest in the other artists and we were all pretty cold. Nelly performed Turn off the Light, said a few words and quickly passed the torch to the Philosopher Kings. They sang three of my favourite songs and a few minutes after the next act started, we decided to head home to beat traffic.

It didn’t move me as much as I was hoping it would, but always the one to hope against hope I just know in my gut that I’m just not seeing the difference that has been made because I never took notice before of just how many lights are always on in this city. Just because it didn’t fit the picture in my mind of how Earth Hour is going to look, it doesn’t mean it wasn’t successful – after all, you can’t expect things to change overnight.

On a side note, I had a great time with my parents so I’m really glad we did this and I’m glad we’re going to go out and watch Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hear’s a Who tomorrow.

Anyway, I’m going to leave off here for now… thanks to everyone for their supportive words about work. My elaborative post is coming, I just want a few days to mull over things and really get my thoughts together.

How was your Earth Hour experience?

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  1. I have lots of mini earth hours so I didn’t really notice it much. When my internet connection goes down, which is quite often at night, I grab a book, light a candle and read. I work nights a lot so I don’t want to turn the house lights on.

    Maybe if everyone bought candles and read more books… we’d save a lot of money while getting smarter :p

    Popular Wealths last blog post..Neuschwanstein Castle – One Of The Worlds Most Beautiful

  2. Erica, I completely missed this comment – apparently I’m not as good at keeping an eye on my comments as I thought and will definitely need to turn my email notifications back on!! Glad to hear McD’s did their bit! I didn’t notice it myself, but that may be a good thing. Thanks for the link!

  3. Lisa – how did yours turn out?? Yes, family time is always precious

    Ben – Sounds like a lot of fun, I would’ve loved to have played monopoly or something by candlelight if they hadn’t given the free concert. I can’t believe I hadn’t ever come across her blog on entrecard as yet! 🙂 Thanks for letting me know about her blog.

    Florecita – They first sang Castles, You don’t love me (like you used to do), and Cry 🙂

  4. Hi fragileheart. 🙂 My wife and I played cards by candlelight. We had to give up on Uno though because we couldn’t tell blue from green. Gin Rummy was better but I kept losing. No change there. We have actually been cutting back on a lot of things recently, keeping an eye on our power consumption not just for Earth Hour but in the weeks leading up to it too (and obviously afterwards!). You might like my wife’s blog – thegreensaver.com.

    Ben Barden’s last blog post..Weekly round-up #5: Changes to my blog

  5. Just stopping by to hear about your Earth Hour, mine will be up momentarily. Sounds like the night/hour ended on a good note. Hanging out with the Fam. is always a great thing 🙂

    Lisa C’s last blog post..Sunday’s Loves #1

  6. Stacey – Welcome! Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind words 🙂

    Jillian – Absolutely! At least I had fun with my parents!

    Jazz – Glad I was able to raise a little bit of awareness 😉

    Laney – It’s so true, at least people were trying to do something! I think you’re right doing something on a more regular basis will definitely help the problem more than just the one hour – so I say bravo to you!

    Frederic – I can see where you’re coming from… but I just think that it’s hard to think that we aren’t in trouble with our environment. It’s common sense that there are limited resources available to us and after all the years of wasteful use, it will eventually deplete. So even if global warming isn’t real now, if we continue the way that we have been – it will become real. Though I think you’re right about how it can become a bit of a cult or something similar. It’s hard to avoid with issues that are controversial.

    Ate Mae – Maybe next time… hehe glad you and hubby got to have a good walk to Satwa. I wish my parents and I could’ve walked down to Nathan Phillips Square, but it would’ve taken us over two hours! Glad to help spread the word 🙂 Oh and the reason my plug-in hasn’t been working probably is because of this whole wordpress updating shtuff… so sorry na lang muna!

    Barbara – I agree, there were many people there who didn’t seem concerned at all about the cause. For example, I was disappointed when the ‘free hot chocolate’ wasn’t limited to those who brought their own thermos or coffee cups – they were also handing out disposable cups of hot chocolate! And it was my pleasure to visit and comment 🙂

  7. Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting.

    I am a hopeful being but I just don’t think this Earth Hour has done much to raise awareness.

    I also find it silly that there was a concert. I would suspect most people weren’t there for the “cause” but for the free party, which is sad.

    Great blog, I was happy to advertise it on Entrecard.

    Barbara Doduk’s last blog post..Green?

  8. I had high hopes for it too after reading about it in the Local Newspaper. I even saw a reminder in the Traffic Board on the road a few minutes before 8pm. On the actual hour, we ended up running errands and only got home by 9pm. I saw some shops turn off their signboards. They said, Burj Al Arab turned off it’s regular exterior lightshow.

    For me, even though I didn’t get to do the Lights Off thing. I think I saved up on car emissions by walking around Satwa that afternoon to look for hubby’s work mobile phone. We parked our car near our place and walked the rest of the way. It was a healthier alternative too. We had fun too! 🙂

    By the way, thanks for blogging about this Earth Hour thing. I wouldn’t have gotten into it if not for your posts.

    Maybe next time, it won’t be disappointing. 🙂

    Maeyo’s last blog post..Arvin & Jen Prenup – Marlboro Country style

  9. I left the lights open. It’s not awareness that needs to be raised. It’s knowledge about the real climate change science. And most people are totally ignorants.
    Anyway, I talk about it on my blog.

  10. wow, i didn’t realise how big this was in T.O. i’m glad people came out and at least tried to do something.

    remember my gambling husband? well, he had a friend over that night and they played video games. i contemplated pulling the plug but then decided against it. but before you say SHAME ON ME, i think we can accomplish a lot more if we try and cut down on our power usage all the time and not only one hour per year. so i always shut off all unnecessary lights and unplug unused appliances, oh and cuddling by candlelight one evening a week must help too i think.

    anyways, good for you for participating and good for you for caring!

    Laney’s last blog post..Far and Away

  11. I totally forgot about earth hour. It’s not a big thing where we Iive. I would not have known about it if it wasn’t for your blog.

    Jazz’s last blog post..Saturday swimming

  12. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Stacey Derbinshire

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