Tonight Tony and I participated in Earth Hour.
Earth Hour, which is held on the last Saturday of March each year, is sponsored by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event tries to raise awareness for the need to take action on climate change. Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights. In 2008, 50 million people throughout the world went dark. This year the goal is participation by 1 billion people.
In our house we actually stretched it out for more than one hour. The period was scheduled to start at 8:30; at 7:30 we turned off the computers, TV, and lights, and played cards in the kitchen by candlelight. I was surprised at how many candles it took to make enough light to see! Initially we had a motley collection of votive candles, which was barely adequate. I went upstairs and got a tray of pillar candles out of the bathroom. With the votives at one end of the table and the tray at the other it was sufficiently bright.
We played one game of Rummy, which Tony won handily. He suggested a second game, and won that one by an even more imposing score. At 9:15 I'd had enough, so we put everything away and went back to our normal lives.