earth hour

Green tech finds (3/24/11)

Green tech finds (3/24/11)


Lots of solar this week… plus an app for Earth Hour, and lighter footprints for U.S. embassies.

Beyond Earth Hour: three days of digital silence?

Beyond Earth Hour: three days of digital silence?

Could you go for three days without your phone? Internet access? Game console? Television? For most of our work and lifestyles, this seems like an impossibility: digital connection is often essential to our productivity, and, to some degree, our sense of connection.

Yet that’s what one small campaign is suggesting. Digital Silence started in January, and has now set March 26-28th as suggested dates for disconnecting, going offline, and “reconnecting with reality.” While complete disconnection may be completely impossible for many of us — do you really want to have your cell phone off if the kids are out? — the founders of this effort suggest picking some element of you digital life to forgo, and using that time for genuine person-to-person and community connection…

Big Picture: Earth Hour 2010

Big Picture: Earth Hour 2010

Favorite photo blog The Big Picture at the Boston Globe posted a gorgeous series of 26 before-and-after photographs from cities around the world participating in this year’s Earth Hour where lights are turned off for an hour on Saturday March 27 at 8:30 PM local time to “to raise awareness about climate change and the…

Earth Hour: 5 landmarks that will go dark on Saturday

Earth Hour: 5 landmarks that will go dark on Saturday

On Saturday, March 27th, at 8:30 local time, the lights will go out in millions of homes, businesses, and schools in celebration of Earth Hour 2010. Started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour is now a global event organized by WWF in which people show their support for environmental action by turning off the lights for one hour. This year, 120 countries and territories will take part in this show of solidarity (up from 88 last year).