I try to be as environmentally conscience as I can, but it's not easy for city folk. Especially for those of us who loathe those ugly CFL or LED bulbs. (I have yet to find one that doesn't make me feel like my retinas are burning!) Well, on March 31 at 8:30 p.m., I'll turn out my power-sucking lights and feel like I made a difference? Why? Because it's Earth Hour!
Earth Hour is a global event led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise awareness about climate change by asking the world to turn off the lights for one hour. Earth Hour will take place on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
This event has major participation every year. Buildings and landmarks around the world go dark, including the Chicago skyline. For more info, follow Earth Hour Illinois on Twitter @EarthHourIL. Photographers can add photos to the Earth Hour Flickr group or follow Earth Hour on instagram @earthhourofficial.
There are also tons of events happening around the city so you don't have to sit in your dark apartment:
The lobby and restaurants at the Fairmont Chicago will turn off its lights and donate $1 to WWF for every wine flight, cheese flight and cocktail sold during Earth Hour. Also, the hotel's Eno Wine Room will have a sustainable wine flight and cheese pairing.
There will be a "lights out" event at Wrigley Field as the marquee is switched off for at 8:30 p.m.
The Sears Tower (Willis is a dumb name) will turn off its lights for Earth Hour.
Tula Yoga Studio will host a special Earth Hour candlelight class with acoustic music.