Friday, March 13, 2009

Get ready ... only two weeks left!


Are you ready for Earth Hour 2009? As you know, this blog is all about easy ways to reduce our footprint on the earth ... and Earth Hour is one of the easiest, and fun, ways to do that.

On March 28th at 8:30 pm, for one hour, simply turn off your lights.

Simple, right?

Now here's the fun part ... turn Earth Hour into an environmental "holiday". We celebrate all kinds of things throughout the year ... why not a celebration for the earth. Make it fun ... something that you and your family will enjoy ... and will look forward to each year. Here are a few ideas:

  • Pull out those board games which are collecting dust in the closet and play by flashlight ... your kids will love it.

  • Have a romantic, candlelit dinner.

  • Grab some blankets and lounge chairs, head outside, and watch the stars.

  • Prepare some fun foods ahead of time and have a picnic in the living room ... by candle light.

  • Tell ghost stories.

  • Do you live in a warm climate? Perhaps close to the beach? Take a moonlight stroll.
  • How about a bubble bath in a candlelit room with soft music from a battery operated CD player.

  • Have a scavenger hunt.

So now it's your turn ... what ideas do you have for celebrating Earth Hour 2009? How creative can you get?

And here are two more things you can do:
  1. Click over to the Earth Hour site and sign up. You'll be added to their "count" and they'll send you updates on the Earth Hour effort.
  2. Tell everyone you know and encourage them to participate.
Join me in celebrating Earth Hour 2009.

VOTE EARTH Become part of a global effort!

As always ... I'd love to hear from you!


  1. I am so going to try to do this. I said try because my husband willbe home. He is an energy sucker. So I have been thinking about ways I can unplu him and he wont even know!

  2. Just signed up on the website! Thanks for posting the link....going to go round up some candles and dig out Scrabble.

  3. I'd never heard of Earth Hour before this. I love the easy tips here too for making the Hour into a celebration. Great idea!

  4. aha! earth hour :)) thanks for sharing :))

  5. The new Vote Earth 2009 global website has launched. There is an element on the site that incorporates Google’s Friend Connect and we want to get 1 billion people on the site by November before Copenhagen.

    To get involved, all you need to do is:
    1. Go to the site -
    2. Register with Friend Connect
    3. Send to a friend and get more people to sign up.

    We need to get as many people as we can involved. So please encourage your friends to get involved

    Get involved and VOTE EARTH!

  6. Thanks for promoting Earth Hour! Another way you can recruit people to the cause is by creating a Earth Hour group on Simply create a group about one action that you will commit to do for Earth Hour and recruit your friends, family, and co-workers to get involved in that action as well. When it comes to climate change, simple actions can make huge differences and Commit21 leverages social media to influence networks of friends, family, and co-workers. Check it out at

  7. Great tips and ideas! Will definetly indulge in the hot tub with candles lit!
    Keep up the great work with all of the wonderful tips!
    Enjoy your weekend too!
    Nana Net

  8. Love this...we missed it last year. Thank you for the info.! I hope it's o.k. for me to refer to you in my post!

  9. Hi Ruby,

    Oh sure ... and thank you! I love it when people refer to Reduce Footprints. It's all about spreading the "green" word!

    Have a great weekend!

    Small Footprints

  10. Well whatever i do i will need a mosquito coil... but it will not stop me... I will do my best to promote this cause
    Thaks for visiting my blog

  11. Oh I love those ideas. Only trouble is how to decide on one. Maybe we'll make it a weekly thing. :D

    Sf, I've tagged you. Please see my last post. :)

  12. I've marked my calendar and wouldn't miss it! Thanks for the reminder and I'll pass it on.

  13. A great idea! Amazing. Thank you for tips.

  14. I Love your blog! Thanks so much for such a great post. I, for one, am inspired to make some changes in my lifestyle for the better. Your blog title says it all, Friend!

  15. i am pumped for it :)

    i have the same problem as sober white women except its my dad. my mum wont be home so when my dad isnt looking ill run round the house switching off the lights. bring on the candles!!!

  16. I remember celebrating Earth Day/Hour when I was a kid in grade school (or atlest some sort of variation of it). It's too bad some school curriculums now a days tend to ignore these kind of events. Rather sad.

    But let me see...for Earth Hour this year I think I'm going to spend an hour to hand wash all my clothing and hang dry them all in my basement/or outside if it's Sunny. I'll save some cash on dry cleaning too...:p

  17. Actually, this is the first time I've come across this. Thanks for sharing it! I've just sign up and put their banner at both my blogs too!