“…it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from.” —Earth Hour website

voteearthposter3Join Earth Hour, the annual movement to raise awareness by turning off your lights this Saturday, starting at 8:30 pm, local time wherever you are.

Now, some of you harried activists and eco-geeks who don’t spend a lot of time sitting under trees pondering what bug just crawled into your skirts might be wondering what you’re going to do for an hour in the dark.

If for some reason you need to eliminate sex as the answer (sports injury, recovery program, Mom visiting, whatever) here’s a list of ideas:

  • Play Marco Polo with the mice in your veggie bus.
  • Order Chinese delivery or pizza by sending owl calls down the block.
  • Invent moon tea.
  • Tell the history of the Rainbow Coalition in a puppet show using glow-in-the-dark condoms.
  • Go caroling up and down your street, singing Holly Near and Shekhinah Mountainwater.
  • Liberate race horses into suburban neighborhoods to replace gas-powered riding mowers.
  • Have an egg hunt in your yard using those rotten ones you haven’t brought yourself to compost yet.
  • Let the cat out and follow her. Back off if she becomes paranoid.
  • Sneak into the Wal-Mart parking lot and paste every car with the bumper sticker, “Mall-Wart, Your Source for Cheap, Plastic Crap!”
  • Find the most manicured lawn in your neighborhood and plant it in milkweed for making paper and fabric.
  • Throw a series of glow-in-the-dark frisbees off a school building and see if anyone calls in a UFO sighting.
  • Clean out the fridge by playing truth or dare with leftovers.
  • Practice riding your exercise bike for when you figure out how to power the hot tub with it.
  • Box up random items from each others’ rooms and take them to Goodwill, to work on unattachment.
  • Perfect your impression of Leonard Cohen doing show tunes.
  • Let the dog out and follow her. Be sure you have pruning shears, your picture ID and a change of socks with you. Twine is optional.
  • Host a naked drum circle, massage party or sing along in your front yard and when the neighbors show up with the police, tell them you left your permit in your other pants.
  • Figure out Morse Code using the light of your cell phone. Then use it to debate your neighbor across the road over the physics of What the Bleep…

Whatever activity or inactivity you choose, this is a wonderful chance to create community by unplugging. Or, if what you need from the hour is stillness, then here is a gift for you and the Earth! I’d love to hear your experiences afterwards!

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