Last night we switched our lights out for Earth Hour. Our household joined in with other people around the UK in turning off our electric lights for an hour as a symbolic act to show we are concerned about our planet. And the UK joined 178 countries (the most ever) in turning off lights.
There were some major landmarks that took part too including Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Salisbury Cathedral and (briefly) Tower Bridge. For more information on the evening read here.
At home we lit candles and watched a family film
As the hour crossed over with the children’s bedtime they decided to clean their teeth by candlelight (we did however leave the landing light on as our stairs are very steep).
It wasn’t until reading an article today that I realise the candles we lit our house with should be soy or beeswax, and not petroleum based (as this adds more pollution). I know that some of our candles are soy (including the ones I upcycled here from the lovely Skye Candle Company). This is something I’m going to look out for in the future.
Apparently previous Earth Hours have reduced electricity use by 4% – although the reason for taking part last night was much more than that. As our world gets warmer we need to act to do something about it.
If you are interested in doing your bit for the environment (and I know many of my lovely readers already do loads) then there’s a useful list here from Earth Day (which takes place on 22 April) or, throughout the year Jen from my make do and mend life here has 365 Ways to Change the World here.