Earth Hour 2011

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Ever read by candlelight? It’s kind of a pain in the ass—unlike when I was a kid and would read in failing light, now I like my pages to be sufficiently illuminated—but it can also be rather gezellig, as the Dutch would say. Tonight, to commemorate Earth Hour at 8:30 pm, no lamps will be lit here. No TV will go on, no computers, even though the laptop is battery operated. What better incentive for a booklover to read quietly?

In that case, too, I should direct you now, while your power might still be on, to Em’s blog C’est la vie, at which she’s been diligently blogging about Earth Hour, a cause she truly believes in, for an entire month. The posts, light and exploratory about living green, are also thought-provoking, conscientious, informative. And then she asked a few of us fellow bloggers to contribute, and on March 16, my post, “All You Need Is Love” went up.

I took an entire day to think about what to write, and I tried for several hours to convey what I thought about living green, about the forest we live near, often littered with miscellaneous items from an old fridge, to a basketball pole and hoop, to a Chaps luggage bag, to a broken dustpan and broken plastic chairs, to pop cans and water bottles. But I scrapped everything in a moment of realization—that without love (the kind that is true, that comes from understanding, appreciation, and gratitude), from which stems motivation to care, we cannot save this planet.

Here’s wishing you a quiet, enjoyable, relaxing hour. Go for a walk and truly take note of your surroundings, read by candlelight, talk with someone about the next green move you’ll make, meditate or do yoga and feel the earth beneath you as you root yourself. This might sound seriously cheesy to some of you, so do whatever it is you feel moved to do. I think the cause is important. You live here: you should, too.