Growing up, parents often tell their children that half of any big project is simply getting started. There are many variations of this wisdom, like the Chinese proverb which says: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Earth Hour, which takes place on March 26th from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, gives us the opportunity to do just that with the people we love.
Here are three easy ideas to show solidarity and get involved this Earth Hour.
1. Turn Off The Lights
… and then replace them with even better lights. Many will turn off their lights during Earth Hour, but why not take it a step further? Replace any inefficient halogen bulbs with energy-conscious alternatives like CFLs or LEDs. These lights use far less electricity and last longer before they need to be replaced. It’s a double win in terms of sustainability!
2. Set Up A Composting System
This will probably take longer than an hour to do properly, but that proverbial first step will be quick. Try to get hold of some composting earthworms like red wrigglers. The organic farmers at your local market should be willing to part with some, or you can order them online. You don’t need many worms, a 500g container will contain enough to jumpstart a thriving colony. They’ll multiply to fill the container you’ve chosen for them and will consume all the kitchen scraps you feed them.
Get the worms first and figure out how to care for them after. There is a wealth of information online, and they’re surprisingly resilient for squishy creatures whose only defense is hiding under a thin layer of leaves and wriggling like crazy when disturbed.
If you’re considering alternative composting setups, follow the link below to get started:
3. Do Nothing
… but do it outside and bring your loved ones. There is a simple joy in observing nature. Listening to the birds and insects, doing some stargazing, and breathing in the fresh air. Spending time in gardens, parks, and nature reserves allows you to connect with the ecosystems where you live and serves as an important reminder of why people take part in initiatives like Earth Hour. It’s important to take time to be reminded, in that very real but abstract way that nature speaks to us, that we are part of something bigger and that even small contributions are felt.
Whatever you choose to do, know that you have the potential to bring about positive changes. Thank you for doing what you can and for your continued support of our online store, Plastic Free Pursuit.