It's late March, and that means Earth Hour is once again upon us. Tonight is my 9th year taking part in this global event. I know the event is only 1 hour in duration and is largely symbolic, but I believe it sends an important message, and is a reminder to everyone that we need to do what we can to be kind to the earth, as it is our only home.
Our early dinner started late, which wasn't a surprise given our company. Thankfully dinner was relatively simple and we finished quickly, so Hello Kitty and I rushed out of the Sheraton and crossed the street to the harbor front.
In a matter of a couple of minutes, the normally bright and vibrant Victoria Harbour went dark. Half an hour before, one of Hong Kong's most well-known tourist attractions - A Festival of Lights - had been cancelled to mark Earth Hour. Gone were the colorful flashing lights prancing around skyscrapers, and giant neon and LED billboards went napping.
It was pretty chilly out tonight and we were both underdressed thanks to the warm temperature during the day. So we left a few minutes early and didn't wait for the lights to come back on, although a couple of buildings decided that turning out the lights for half an hour was good enough for them.
I overheard a few tourists talking amongst themselves, and even they realized that the lights were out because of Earth Hour. People are becoming more aware of this event - which is now in its 10th edition. That's a very good thing, especially in the age of Trump.