Earth Hour. Sixty minutes of sitting around in the dark. One complete hour of not using any electricity. No computers, no appliances, no televisions or stereos.
Google showed their commitment by making their page black instead of white as if they were virtually turning out the lights. Cities from all over the world were participating and kids in public schools in the United States were being indoctrinated to harass their parents until they submitted and agreed to participate.
I also participated.
Conservation in general is something I like quite a bit. I am someone who strives to use less packaging, drive fuel efficient vehicles that also have an ultra-low emission rating. I'm what many here in the stupid Seattle area would consider to be green, but I'm not really. I'm a conservationist. I hate waste. Earth hour was something I could get behind even though I knew fully that it would make no difference.
I lit candles, lots of them. I had a hand-cranked radio that I listened to. I played a word game with family. All devices were off (except a few later that I forgot were on...whoops) and turned off my porch light. It was basically like living in the 1890's.
When it was all over I turned my front porch light back on but nothing else went back on...at least not right away.
The end result was nothing though and that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Liberal do-gooders always plan these types of things and focus greatly on the experience rather than any measurable difference. I knew this going in so I had no high expectations but I did still gain something by it.
Like wilderness hiking and camping it is good remind oneself that you have the ability to live simply, minimally and if need be...with bare essentials. The act of being prepared and self-sufficient is an element that most liberals probably didn't consider because it's very...well...libertarian really.
Playing a board game by candlelight proved nothing. It did give me one more excuse though to live as minimally as possible at that moment. I consider that a worthy reminder that everyone needs... at least once in awhile.