(Image from the Earth Hour website)
Tonight, from 8:30 to 9:30, is Earth Hour; There are events happening all over the world. Many iconic buildings, including Big Ben and Edinburgh Castle will be switching their lights off for an hour.
Turning the lights off for an hour is a symbolic form of protest against climate change which will go much further than the one hour.
As a family we try to tread lightly on this earth. There are things we do well and things we don't, things we haven't thought about yet and things we need a bit of guidance about. I don't dwell on all the things we don't do but instead take baby steps and make small changes to our life style as and when we feel ready. I think when you take some time out to think about the problem it can feel too enormous, too over whelming; in the past this has made me retreat back into my cave with the attitude 'my small changes won't make a difference so I won't bother! If I ever feel like that now I am reminded by this lovely quote:
'Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.'
(Edmund Burke 1729 - 1797)
I won't be going to any earth hour events but I have decided to use the hour to reflect on some small changes that we could make this coming year that could help climate change. On my list at the moment would be
- To start composting again. Our compost bin became full of bind weed last year and we still haven't sorted this out!
- To attach our water but to the pipe. We have been intending to do this for over two years.
- To start using ALL our left over food.
- Address the drafts in our house in order for us to put the heating on slightly less.
As I said there is still so much I want to change I see it as a process that involves some trial and error. Moral Fibres is an excellent blog which provides so many resources for people trying to make some changes in order to live a greener life. If you need a bit of inspiration about making some small changes, and you don't already know the blog, I urge you get acquainted.