How My Daughter Saved Earth Hour

Did you turn off your lights on Saturday? As you probably know, Saturday night from 8:00 – 9:00 pm was Earth Hour.

I’ve been posting reminders about Earth Hour here for the last few weeks. On Saturday, I was all excited about turning the lights off at 8:00.


8:00pm is bedtime for Ella. And in the midst of doing the daddy thing and getting Ella ready for bed, I completely forgot about Earth Hour. (I’m sure there’s a metaphor in there!)


Apparently Ella didn’t forget. I guess earlier in the day our neighbor, who also happens to be Ella’s most favorite babysitter, had told her that we were going to turn off the lights at 8:00. I didn’t know they had this conversation.

So you can imagine my surprise when, out of nowhere, Ella says, “Dada, we’re supposed to turn our lights out.” It took me a minute to connect what she was saying to Earth Hour. And here’s the totally weird/cool thing: When I looked at my watch it was EXACTLY 8:00pm!

So Ella saved Earth Hour, at least in our house.

I haven’t seen any stats on Earth Hour yet. But almost 300,000 people and more than 20,000 businesses have registered on the website. And many cities including, Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco committed to joining the fun. So it must have made some difference!