I love my computer(s) and internet...no doubt about it. But I'm looking forward to powering down my life, and turning off my house for Earth Hour.
Last year, Sydney Australia turned off its lights for an hour in order to, I guess, save some energy. Mostly, however, it was a statement. To see the combined effect of a lot of people agreeing that something needs to be done. The event was such a success that the World Wildlife Fund decided to take it global in 2008.
So on March 29th, whenever 8pm rolls around, over 350 cities in 35 countries, millions of individuals, the Sears Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, and 2,100 corporations including HP, Coca Cola and McDonald's, are all turning off their lights.
As an EcoGeek, I can't help but point out that all of these people who will be burning candles to light their houses during Earth Hour actually aren't doing any good. Candles produce significantly more CO2 and other pollutants per lumen than incandescent bulbs. But that's really not what this is about.
Organizing mass action to recognize the threat of climate change is certainly something that I can get behind. And I'm sure there are going to be lots of pretty pictures of dark skylines to share on the morning of the 30th which I will excitedly write about.
I've signed myself up for Earth Hour, and will be having a quiet evening playing cards with my wife in the dark. I encourage all you EcoGeeks to participate as well. Take some time to remember what darkness is, it's good for you.