This year at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 27th nearly 100 iconic landmarks in 1,000 cities and towns around the world will switch off their lights for Earth Hour, joining hundreds of millions of people showing their commitment to the environment.
The ecoMILF family is going to take this challenge a step further by resoluting to use very little electricity for the entire day (24 hours without power!!). We will use our gas stove to make hot meals, keep the heating (or aircon), television, stereos, computer and any other appliances off (minus the fridge). We won't use the dishwasher or the laundry machine and we will avoid use of the car (unless there is an emergency of some sorts). We will also be eating a purely vegan diet the entire day in order to lessen our carbon footprint based on consumption (for more information about this see here). My husband may insist on having a quick hot shower, but the little one and I will bask in our beautiful dirtiness for the day. And of course above all else, we will keep the lights off for 24 hours.
This is a wonderful way to come together as a family to discover what we can do without more often. Our little one is asleep by the time it gets dark, but if you have older children you can play games by candlelight (ecofriendly candles here), or make homemade lanterns during the day in preparation to light the stage for a night of storytelling, dimly lit puppetshows or instrumental jam sessions.
If you would like to join us for '24 hours without using power' please leave your site link below and write a post with your family's earth hour resolutions. Make sure to include an update on Sunday morning about how your electricity-free day went.
For more information on Earth Hour please see the official Australian site which is filled with fabulous ideas that will empower you to make a difference. Even if you can't go the whole day you can certainly go an hour without electricity. What a calming and blissful experience to escape the buzz and to just be with those you love.