Earth Hour, a global event sponsored by World Wildlife Fund, serves as a reminder to self and community that human presence on the planet can be harmful to the earth as well as its flora and fauna. Earth Hour allows us to take a symbolic action, returning to a past without electricity for 60 minutes, to contemplate, discuss, and even plan ways to renew our connection to this, our only planet. For Ethical Humanists, participation in this global event is also a chance to connect with our fellow humans in the shared spirit of caring for each other and the world we live in.
The easiest way to participate? Turn out your lights in your own home for Earth Hour. Individuals might make this commitment on their own, but Societies can boost participation by encouraging their members to “pledge” or “sign up” or “commit” in some way to observe Earth Hour in their home. Running an information campaign for the weeks before Earth Hour will help more members understand the important symbolism of the event and develop a sense of community in undertaking the action. The Society make help increase the impact of the event by hosting a discussion (coffee hour? “My Earth Hour Story” for newsletter?) that analyzes and draws meaning from the experience.
To see more actions that can be taken, visit the AEU’s Ethical Action Facebook page.