Earth Hour, the gift of time
You know how there never seems to be enough time? It moves so quickly! Babies grow before our eyes, information whizzes through our brains, and our bodies transform in a flash. What if you could slow it all down, even just for a moment, would you?
The gDiapers team has been participating in Earth Hour since its inception in 2007. It was created as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change, a cause near and dear to our hearts. One hour, once a year, when individuals, organizations and even countries slow it down, turn it off and just … unplug. One hour. No TV. No laptop. No streaming audio or video. Just the space you’re in with the people you want near. And do you know what’s particularly special about that one hour? It’s a moment, slowed down. And that moment can be truly powerful.
“The first time I participated in Earth Hour I was at a loss as to what to do with myself. It was a weird discomfort. How accustomed I’d become to being plugged in! That one hour seemed like five.
The next year I participated again, but I was better prepared. I took a blanket outside and lay there, looking up at the waning light in the spring sky, my toddler by my side. We rested. We snuggled. We pulled at the grass and blew away the evening bugs. Again, that one hour again seemed like five. Time had slowed down, like magic.” ~ Kelli M.
Today more than 162 countries participate in Earth Hour worldwide. Earth Hour 2015 will be on Saturday, March 28, at 8:30 pm local time. Why do we do this?
- To connect with our global community in an effort toward sustainability.
- To connect with each other, in person and unplugged.
- To elevate the conversation and commitment to finding solutions for climate change.
- To enjoy the moment and slow it all down.
This year the gDiapers team will all be unplugging at home, outside of the office. And in addition, our own website will be turned off from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm PDT (gDiapers.com) and GMT (gNappies.com).
Please join us. Plan to unplug for Earth Hour and enjoy a slower pace, if only for one hour. Need an idea on how to spend the time? Here are some of our team’s suggestions:
“The kids will be in bed, so the parents will have a mini date night! Candles and a picnic of cheese and wine outside on the patio.”
“We have an old hurricane lantern that we plan on lighting, then we’ll play some old school games, like backgammon and cribbage!”
“We’re going to do some Earth Hour art — in the dark! No directions, just draw what you want, and when the lights come back on, we’ll see what we created.”
Visit EarthHour.org to learn more about how you can use #YourPower to change climate change, and to find out what others around the world will be doing to celebrate. What do you think you and your family will do with that one hour? Leave us a blog comment! And when the lights come back on, share your experience on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and help us show others how easy — and magical — it is when we all slow down.