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Friday, March 20, 2009

Earth Hour: Lights off on Saturday March 28th between 8:30 and 9:30 pm

If the weather allowed, cuddling up with your loved ones and admiring the stars in the night sky.

Greece leads Earth Hour Race

Note for tourists: On Saturday, March 28, between 8.30 and 9.30 p.m., the lights will go out on the Parthenon in Athens, Thessaloniki’s White Tower and several other prominent landmarks as thousands of citizens and businesses join in, flicking off light switches in their homes and stores.

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Whether it's for business or pleasure, once you reach your destination there are lots of things you can do to reduce the impact of your trip:

Rather than hiring a car at the airport choose other ways to get around like public transportation, or hotel minibus airport pick-up service.

Limit energy use, including your use of air-conditioning and hot water. Turn off all lights and taps when you leave hotel rooms.

Conserve water and take showers rather than baths.

Use your hotel towels and bed linen the same way you do at home to minimize washing.

Recycle newspapers, magazines, paper waste, and your beverage containers (many can be returned for refunds), leading hotels should provide recycling depot for their guests to deposit their recyclable waste.

A great option for sightseeing is by biking, or hiking, this avoids emissions and yet let you discover things that you may otherwise just drive-by.

Useful Greek info for hiking:
Walking the Greek islands (serious walkers reference)
Greek Backpacking info

I think by turning lights off for an hour is not enough to campaign for our environment, we should educate our children to always switch off lights, or TVs etc. as soon as they walk away and are not planning to come back immediately.

Engage ourselves in more weekend outdoor activities with our children, so our children will learn to appreciate the nature more than the video games.

And as far as transportation is concerned, I had a chance to visit Amsterdam a couple of years ago, and was very impressed with the Dutch people’s enthusiasm on bicycling to carry out their daily activities.

Amsterdam, the capital city of bicycling in Europe, a video and a text to read and for any city planning committee’s reference to reduce bike-related accidents, a bike box space like this here.

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