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We are washing away the foundations of our existence on every front. It is high time we move from crashing about on the planet like a bull in china shop and find a way to go forward with intent. We must find systems of living based on sustainability. The systems and tools exist, it is up to each of us to adopt them.

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Friday, 27 March 2009

Kids and Earth Hour

As most of you know this Saturday night at 8:30pm is Earth Hour. Many of you may be wondering what to do with your kids with no lights and no TV, no video games, no computers. I ran across this website that has some suggestions. check it out at MooMama


Here's an excerpt;

"We have decided to participate in Earth Hour and throw a party at my parents' home this Saturday night! We will be turning off all lights and computers and will shut the thermostat off for the entire night here in my house.

Here are a few fun activities to fill this hour in your home:

* Any celebration is reason to eat cake in our family! My sister, Hannah, has decided to make a Blackout Cake for our Earth Hour party. Check out the recipe for one here.

* If you have a fire pit outside, light a fire and roast some marshmallows. Maybe tell a few good old fashioned ghost stories!

* Play flashlight tag!

* Play hide and seek in the dark! Make sure to give the smaller children an older partner!

* Have your child perform a show! Shine a flashlight on them from the audience and let them pretend they are on stage!

* Two words: Shadow puppets!

* Light candles! Keep them high and away from the children. Use mason jars or other deep glass containers with votives to minimize the risks.

* Be even safer and use these night lights by Oxo to illuminate your hour.

* Set up a tent indoors and camp inside for the night! Break out the glow sticks and read some stories to the kids before bedtime. Some suggestions are The Lorax by Dr. Seuss or The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

* Beyond all else, cherish the quiet, candlelit moments of this hour with your children and loved ones. These are the moments we are trying to protect by voting Earth!"

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