Earth Hour Saturday 28 March 2020.
Earth Hour was begun in Sydney in 2007 and has spread as the largest world movement working for climate change. We turn off our lights 8.30-9.30 pm local time with millions of people around the world in 7,000 cities in 180 countries and territories as a pledge to help fight for our planet. The amount of electricity we save is not the main issue. It’s the statement that our action makes that matters, the conviction in our hearts that such an action makes visible.
Laudato si’ (LS) offers some motivation for the exercise. Pope Francis suggests:
I wonder could we use the hour to reflect on our efforts to measure and reduce our personal carbon footprint. You can download a carbon calculator free. Does using my iPad negate turning off lights?
Or we could invite some friends over and use the hour to chat about our efforts to reduce-reuse-recycle, or the latest article or podcast on earth care or Pope Francis’ final chapter in Laudato si’ where he appeals to us to consider a covenant between humanity and the environment. LS Ch. 6, part 2. We could consider, as Francis suggests:
Maybe star gazing could help to fill the hour!
Francis suggests then that what we:
The whole of Chapter 6 of Laudate Si makes beautiful and challenging reading to encourage us to participate in EARTH HOUR. Towards the end Pope Francis encourages us:
Let’s spend EARTH HOUR celebrating and perhaps singing of the joy of our hope with the millions of others who share our concern for our “common home”.
Photo: Landscape photo of mountian with polar lights by Lucas Ettore Chiereguini obtained from Pexels. Used with permission.
Photo: Planet Earth close up by Pixabay obtained from Pexels. Used with permission.