Two years ago I wrote about my worry about getting through an hour without consuming electricity; our local paper came up with a good list of sixty tongue slightly in cheek things to do. We excerpted a few from the Globe and Mail:
2. Go for a walk and see what the neighbours have switched off.
3. Or turn on all the lights in every room and see how long it takes before someone knocks on your door.
5. One word: Fondue! You get a great meal, no electricity required.
15. Go totally 18th-century and play charades by candlelight.
16. Look for stars in the darker night sky, or moon dance.
23. Prove to yourself that, yes, you can go 60 minutes without updating your Facebook status.
47. Sit in a drumming circle around a candlelit shrine to David Suzuki.
57. Get busy and procreate the next generation of resource-sucking bipeds.
58. Start a pool on whether there will be a baby spike in nine months. Globe and Mail
Other lists are not as much fun:
On a Squidoo page of earth hour activities, there are ten ideas that don't have much to do with earth hour, and are not much fun at all, such as fixing drafts and turning down the heat. It's almost April! And unplugging toasters when not in use? Toasters do not use vampire power.
The official Earth Hour site has its own recommendations:
1. Attend a local Earth Hour event or organise your own by throwing an Earth Hour street party with your neighbours
2. Gather family & friends for a night picnic in your local park and look at the stars
3. Enjoy a family dinner by candlelight
4. Organise a treasure hunt in the dark
5. Take the dog for a night walk
6. Have a candle-lit bath
7. Sit in the dark and share stories
8. Organise a family night playing board games
9. Share a romantic night in with your loved one
10. Upload your 'on the night' photos and videos to flickr and YouTube respectively, and then add them to the respective Earth Hour flickr group and the global YouTube Group.
A Vancouver community website 21 ideas, including some original ones:
4. Hold a séance. Pull out the Ouija board and invoke the spirit of Jacques Cousteau.
15. Have a really good conversation with someone who's usually attached to their iPhone or Blackberry.
Or you can go to any number of crazy right wing sites that suggest that this is what you should do during Earth Hour. This guy even lit candles to drive up the CO2 emissions. This is what we are up against.