On Saturday, we watched a concert outside in the dark. It was beautiful. High on a hill at Skansen, in an area where you normally see the lights of the city below, the lights went out and four Swedish acts performed in the dark in support of Earth Hour. Just before 8.30 pm, the crowd was led in a countdown to darkness. Then the show began. Lit by torches, lanterns and a bicycle-powered spotlight generator, the show was such a powerful performance–no big screen TVs or other stage tricks distracted you from the music. (My favorite was A Camp, a band lead by former Cardigans lead singer Nina Persson.)
For Earth hour, people in 88 countries and in every time zone turned off or lowered their lights for one hour as a show of support for the earth and against global warming. The Sydney Bridge lights went off, as did those at Big Ben and San Francisco’s Golden Gate. The event was sponsored by the WWF and at our event here, also by RIX-FM – a local radio station that turned off their station for one hour to show their support.
What a cool idea. It felt good to be a part of the statement. For once, I am not complaining about being in the dark!