Light a candle for Mother Earth during Earth Hour on March 27

Last year New Westminster had the unfortunate honour of being the Lower Mainland community with the fewest participants in Earth Hour 2009. For one hour, people all around the world turn out their lights in a symbolic gesture to show awareness that there are limits to the Earth’s resources. New West, however, said, “Meh.”

To be fair, our family was among those. Earth Hour wasn’t really on our radar, and we didn’t really think about it until it was over. Later on, I regretted it.

I have come to believe in the power of small change. By itself, Earth Hour solves none of the problems associated with climate change. But it presents an opportunity to take time out from the thoughtless consumption that marks so many of our evenings: watching TV, surfing the Internet, or whatever the usual pattern is.

So take Earth Hour and use the hour of quiet to have a candlelight snuggle with your sweetheart, do some quiet meditation, break out the acoustic guitar or go to sleep decadently early.

New West power consumption dropped only 0.1% in 2009’s event, compared to 1.4% in 2008. This year, the City of New West is again calling for participation in the event. Here’s hoping we step up to the plate in 2010.

Earth Hour is from 8:30-9:30pm on March 27, 2010.