Your Own Private Earth Hour

March 13, 2018

Your Own Private Earth Hour

For several years now, I've been hearing about this "Earth Hour" thing taking place over in Europe. I knew it had to do with turning off electric lights and lighting up a candle but never really paid too much attention to it. 

Since it began in 2007, the Earth Hour symbolic ceremony of lighting a candle instead of using your electricity, has spread across the globe. We even had a ceremony right here in Big Moon Beeswax country (better known as Seattle.) 

At first I was a little skeptical that turning off all electric lights around the world for one hour would make much of a difference in the world's energy consumption, but it's really just a symbolic gesture for a bigger concept/dream. When I found out that the movement was started by the World Wildlife Fund, then I got more interested in knowing more about it. 

Earth Hour is a symbolic action that people world-wide can take part in to show unity in something that is in all of our best interests and that is sustaining our earth during our lifetime and for the generations to come. 

There are so many little things we can each day to reduce the impact we place on our natural resources. The WWF is a great source of information on easy things we can do as individuals. The power of one person, multiplied by millions, is a force that can make mighty changes.

Along with baby steps I'm taking each day to do my part in reducing my impact on the environment is my habit of turning off all my lights in the evening and lighting some beeswax candles. I did this even before I had my own beeswax candle company and purchased mine from other well-known candle companies. If I'm working late at night on the computer, the lights are off but I've got some Anytime Tapers, tealights or votives going right beside me. It kind of gives me that Abraham Lincoln feeling during that time. I also put candles on either side of my TV at night for supplemental lighting that goes easy on my eyes while watching TV. Living by beeswax candlelight in the evenings is a great way to slow down and unwind if I've had a stressful day. I'd rather pay money for beeswax candles than give it to the electric company. So each day I have my own private Earth Hour and it makes me feel good.

To read more about the World Wildlife Fund and Earth Hour click on the link to their article:  Earth Hour 2018: 8 things to do in the dark.




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