Earth Hour In the Big Small City


It’s not just the big (mega?) cities that are observing Earth Hour this evening. My family is planning to participate, right here in Gastonia, North Carolina. I’m hoping to document it, as well, and post a video to show how we took part.

We’ll probably pray a Celtic prayer, as well as pray for the nation of Zimbabwe and remember the darkness of a corrupt government that they’ve been living under.

If you don’t know about Earth Hour, happening tonight (March 29) from 8-9 p.m. local time, check out this video (click to watch):

UPDATE 3/30: Earth Hour went pretty well yesterday. We watched the Earth Hour video with the kids, and then went around and shut off all the lights (and lit candles to see by). Becky and I explained things a bit further so they understood why we were doing what we were doing. Then I talked about the situation in Zimbabwe and said a prayer for the election there. Then we read some Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire—and the kids fell asleep about halfway through, so we put them to bed.

I was excited to see Luis Batista’s update from Sao Paulo, Brazil, today. Luis shared, “Earth Hour was not so spread here in Brazil, but it was a beginning, and was a great opportunity to reflect about our use of resources and our responsibility as Christians to take care of this world.”



Posted on 03-29-2008


  1. Cynthia says:

    March 30th, 2008 at 8:46 am


    We participated here in Gray Court, SC … which is much more of a small town than Gastonia. We being, our family but hey, there are ten of us here, right? Well, Chris was at work and though he would have liked to participate, he didn’t think it was prudent to turn off the runway lights. (in case you didn’t know, he’s an air traffic controller at Greenville/Spartanburg).

    The children just had a blast playing in the dark, proving that you don’t need lights, tv, video games or computers to have fun. I sat still and looked at the flickering candles and finally called Kim to wish her a nice trip. She’s going to the beach for a week of needed rest and renewal.

    Had a great time on Thursday, loved the film and the discussion. I hope to bring it here to the Greenville area, if nothing more than living room showings. I just wish all of you were closer or that I could connect with like minded ones here. I have found some kindred spirits lately and hope that this will blossom into something more.

    Grace and Peace,

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