On Saturday March 29th, millions of people around the world will turn off their lights from 8 to 9 p.m. in a symbolic stand against global warming. This event has been dubbed "Earth Hour" and was a resounding success last year when it was introduced in Sydney. This year, it goes global.
If there really were a Church of Climate Change, surely its missionaries would embrace Earth Hour as a tool for bringing light to those in the dark. My own green evolution began with a small, seemingly insignificant step and I suspect that many on this path can trace their "awakening" to something similar. Climate Change missionaries might talk to friends and work associates about the adventure of Earth Hour. They might marvel to neighbors about the possibility of sharing a bottle of wine on a street lit only by stars. They might introduce the concept at their children's schools or on parenting message boards, touting the hour as an opportunity to educate children on pioneer life, astronomy, or our impact on the environment. They might induce restaurants to offer only candlelit dinners that night.
Of course, there is no such thing as the Church of Climate Change. Is there? It doesn't matter. We can reach through the darkness that night and revel in the buzz of human connections rather than electrical ones. On March 29, we can all be in the dark.