Sunday, March 28, 2010

Earth Hour. Did You?

Did you participate?  I started my Earth Hour observance at an event organized by the Marquis Project and held at the Green Spot.  The event included a 'tasting' of Fair Trade products, an excellent opportunity for people to sample some different things.  Local artist Jeff Bettle was throwing some pottery, and there was a silent auction of different items to raise funds for the Marquis Project's great work.  Then, a gentleman named Ian Hussey was speaking on Fair Trade and social justice.  How we shop and spend can really make a difference!  There was also a capoeira performance slated, by the Omulu Capoeira Guanabara group.  Then, lights out for an hour of socializing by candlelight.  Now, I must admit, I was just there to help the Green Spot get organized, and I slid out at the end of Ian Hussey's speech.  I was on my way home to observe Earth Hour with Farmer Man!  I arrived home shortly after 8:30 PM and Farmer Man already had the lights out for over half an hour!  We couldn't do anything about the security light in the yard but everything else was pretty much out, except for the glow of the telephone and a few appliances.  I guess our official observance was 8:00 to 9:00 PM because the TV went on at nine so we could catch an excellent episode of 'Spectacle' with Elvis Costello.  Haven't seen much info yet today on how the event went around the world.  Did find an interesting post on Garden Rant about a company trying to sponsor Earth Day events and getting, well, soundly rejected!  Check it out!  It's so true that people have power in the way we spend our dollars, and joining with others in the new social mediums like Facebook.  We try to remember that if we're not a little bitty part of the solution, then we are a little bitty part (at least!) of the problem.  What did you do for Mother Earth yesterday?

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