A professor of mine in college once told us that Adam (the first man) had a “Heavenly Father and an Earthen Mother.” I’ve always enjoyed that sentiment. It made my connection to Earth more personal. I know it seems simple enough, but for me that simple sentence was my first real conscious connection to Earth.
Christians (and I am one) are rarely, if ever taught to value or to connect to the Earth. We are lead to believe that our only goal in life is a heavenly reward; “be ye in this world, not of it.” Unfortunately, that thinking has conditioned most of us to ignore and severely neglect one of the greatest gifts that God has given us-Earth. Because most of us are so focused on the “great by and by” we have neglected the “great here and now” and Earth has suffered greatly.
While Creator God is the Father of all things, it is Earth that gave birth to that which He spoke and created. Not only did Mother Earth bear and bring forth what Father God spoke, but she also sustains it/us.
Fortunately it is not too late to change our thinking. We can show our support for Earth by proclaiming a renewed commitment to our Earthen Mother, thereby bringing restoration to our environment. Today I am excited to be participating with millions around the world in celebrating Earth Hour. And I invite all of you to join me!
What is Earth Hour?
“Earth Hour is a global movement uniting people to protect the planet. Towards the end of March every year, Earth Hour brings together communities from across the world celebrating a commitment to the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour. Earth Hour aims to encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world.”
How does it work?
Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and governments to show leadership on environmental solutions through their actions, to use Earth Hour as a platform to showcase to the world what measures they are taking to reduce their environmental impact. Earth Hour asks everyone to take personal accountability for their impact on the planet and make behavioral changes to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle. Taking the first step is as easy as turning off your lights. By switching off your lights for Earth Hour you are acknowledging and celebrating your commitment to do something more for the planet that goes beyond the hour.
Be Safe! Earth Hour is not just about turning off lights, it is about awareness. Safety First!
What lights can be safely switched off? That is a decision that has to be made individually but usually the overhead lights in rooms (whether it is your house or a business), outdoor lighting that does not impact safety, computers, decorative lights, neon signs for advertising, televisions, desk lamps, the list goes on and on. There are a few lights we can say with certainty that should NOT be turned off, including safety lights in public spaces, lights for aviation guidance, traffic lights, security lights, just to name a few. We ask people to use common sense. Before you turn off any lights for public spaces Earth Hour recommends you check with local officials or community centers In your own home, use common sense with respect to safety. Keep small night lights on for basic safety especially in halls and on stairs. Make sure you have alternative light sources handy before Earth Hour starts, like torches or flashlights. That way if you need to see, you have a light source close at hand, and you can still respect the spirit of Earth Hour and keep yourself and your family safe.
As the sun goes down around the world, Earth Hour has already touched the East. The pictures from Asia, Russia, Nepal, and Indonesia are spectacular! You can visit their Facebook Page here: EarthHour and see all of the pictures of the celebration from around the world. You can also visit their website, EarthHour.org for more information on how you can get more involved with Earth Hour in your area.
Earth Hour in the United States starts at 8:30 pm and ends at 9:30 pm, Eastern Standard Time. Even if you turn off the TV or unplug the computer for an hour, any support you give will be felt and appreciated. It’s time to show Earth how much we care about her!
Visit our Facebook Page and upload some of your Earth Hour pics! I’d love to see them!
Here’s to an amazing day of unlimited Joy, unmerited Grace, and unprecedented Peace to all of you today!