It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Join me for Earth Hour


Here’s a painless way to make a positive impact. On March 29, at 8 p.m., my family will turn off every light in our home. We will leave them off for an hour. So far, there are 652 other people from Ottawa, 24,816 others in Canada, and 84,652 globally (up 500 from three hours ago, when I signed up) doing the same.

The movement started in Sydney last year. The 2.2 million individuals and 2,100 businesses that participated lowered Syndey’s power usage by 10.2%. The energy saved was equivalent, so the site tells us, to that saved by keeping 48,000 cars off the road. For a year.

When you sign up, you will receive an email with a link to your very own page on their site. Through that page, you can invite your friends, and they will track how many people you were responsible for bringing into the event.

It’s such a simple thing to do. When I explained it to my 14-year-old, her response was heart-warming: “That’s so easy, mum. Why don’t we do that every day?” Why not, indeed?

March 29, 8:00 p.m. Earth Hour. Won’t you join us?

March 7, 2008 - Posted by | Canada, health and safety, Ottawa | , , , , ,


  1. Totally joining. In fact, I’m having a ‘dinner party in the dark’ – basically dinner by candlelight, but for a better cause than usual. I was thinking of doing a ‘listen to War of the Worlds in the dark’ thing, but I decided it was better to do something during that hour that didn’t require electricity.

    Comment by chosha | March 8, 2008 | Reply

  2. I’m for it, but haven’t officially signed up yet. That’s my birthday, so if that’s what I want to do, shouldn’t everyone else in the house have to go along with it anyway? 🙂 We can spend an hour by candlelight.

    Thanks for letting us know about this!

    Comment by Florinda | March 8, 2008 | Reply

  3. I’ve discussed it with Hubby and we’re in. Going to sign up right now…oh and Flo, if it’s your birthday then I say yes, everyone else in the house should go along. I mean, it’s only an hour, right?

    Comment by Sheri | March 9, 2008 | Reply

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  5. ““That’s so easy, mum. Why don’t we do that every day?” “ snigger – all you need is rampant unemployment, coupled with the unions having a stranglehold on a weak government, and a bit of recession thrown in and you get the “three day week” which means everywhere in the country has all services cut off for 4 hours each day on a rota system. And the unplanned, but even more common power cuts due to industrial action of one kind or aother. Then you can enjoy living in Uk of the 1970’s.

    Atually, i quite like the idea of a three day week – as long as it comes with a full pay packet:-) And perhaps planned power outages would be an interesting experiment in today’s world? The secret is to work out what to do with your powerless time – just swapping one form of lighting for another will not solve anything, changing the way we live our lives is required to make long term change.

    Comment by juggling mother | March 9, 2008 | Reply

  6. Hi I am a reporter for CTV News in Ottawa. Hoping to hear what whacky evenings people are planning for March 29. If you know of any candlelight parties or other neat get-togethers in Ottawa please contact me asap at

    Thank you.

    John Hua

    Comment by John Hua | March 11, 2008 | Reply

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