Yes, I’ve heard the cynical politics concerning Earth Hour; it being just a feel-good, yuppie, one-hour of caring, 8765.8127 hours to not give a damn.
And yes, I too would rather have Earth Day, Earth Week, Earth Year… Earth forever! (There might be some hope here).
My sky! Let’s just make that Mother Earth Forever!
It’s pretty easy to get cynical about this kinda stuff, these one-off moments of caring…or you-caring but when you walk around the city and office buildings have their lights on and major advertisement billboards glow like shameful beacons that capitalism is forever.
See, you can hear the cynicism creeping in.
So tomorrow, I’m gonna put my best, good intentions forward and in my mind, I’m gonna imagine an 11-year-old kid who’s just starting to become aware of Mother Earth and environmental justice and I’m gonna picture that kid telling — no announcing! — they want their family to turn off the lights for an hour while explaining what Earth Hour is all about.
Yup, I’m gonna imagine that when all the lights are off in the city, somewhere, out there, there is a kid with this huge beautiful light of awareness shining inside of them.
Because I was that kid. Maybe you were that kid, too?
Everyone has to start somewhere.
One foot in front of the other.
Follow Earth Hour as it happens — Join us online tomorrow as people in Canada and around the world participate in various lights-out events! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day, to view images and hear stories from lights-out events around the world.
I’m also including a video of David Courchene (Nii Gaani Aki Innini — Leading Earth Man)
Anishnabe Nation, Eagle Clan (Manitoba, Canada) with instructions on something positive you can do tomorrow for Mother Earth.
“Get a glass of clean water, hold it close to your hearts and offer a prayer. Through the water, send a message of love and gratitude to the Earth, and to all water of the Earth that has been affected and contaminated. Send your love to the water and to Mother Earth.
This strong love of spirit that you will put into the water will give strength to Mother Earth.
Go to your nearest body of water — a creek, a stream, a river, a waterfall, lake or ocean, and pour your water that you have blessed with your prayer of gratitude. It will be your spirit of love to the Earth that offers our best chance of survival.”