For the third year in a row, my dh and I will be turning out our lights for an hour (or longer) to join with millions of other citizens of the earth. Sustainability is an important issue, which will probably not impact our life too much. However, we are grandparents, and this has changed our perspective on so many issues.
8:30 PM, Saturday, March 26 , 2011 Whether you want to save a bit on your electric bill or save the world for our descendants, join in.... and switch off your lights, computer, tv, whatever!
Here is a list of suggestions from Miranda Kerr, I found on the news release at earthhour.org
- Buy local produce from markets thereby reducing food miles
- Walking or riding the bike wherever possible as opposed to driving
- Ensure the car tyres are always inflated to the correct level as they use less fuel
- Use fuel with Ethanol
- Turn off the lights and use organic or beeswax candles a lot of the time
- Unplug appliances when they are not in use
- Use heating and cooling when absolutely necessary
- Wash in mostly cold water
- Use chemical-free dish washing, washing powder and cleaning products
- Recycle, recycle, recycle
- Buy products with the highest recyclability
- Purchase clothes that are ethically made, not mass produced
- Dress in Organic clothing
- Install water-saving nozzles on all taps including showers
- Compost scraps whenever possible
- Prepare food plans so as to avoid food wastage
- Grow herbs and spices
- Have timed showers to use less water
- Water the plants of an evening
- Bury food scraps in the garden bed to feed the earth worms or compost
- Collecting grey water from bath and use it to water plants
- Using Certified Organic personal care products (avoid using chemicals)
- Wash the car on the grass with environmentally friendly car wash
- Buy Certified Organic or Farmers markets produce. I understand that certified organics can be expensive, but local farmers markets for the most part are usually reasonable. On my blog (www.koraorganics.com/blog) I include a list of Farmers Markets from around the world so that people will have ready access to the same.
See many of these suggestions are not that difficult. Maybe, you can actually do your own garden, nothing tastes better than veggies you've grown yourself.