From 8h30 – 9h30 pm on Saturday 29 March we are calling on all of our Londolozi friends and family, from Hawaii to Australia and beyond, to indulge in a Londolozi-inspired candle-lit dinner at home in support of Earth Hour. Take a photo of your Londolozi dinner and share it with #EarthHour and #BomaDinner or email it to Kate at the Londolozi Blog.
Before you move on, consider that Earth Hour 2013 became the largest movement for the planet in history, spanning over 7000 cities, 154 countries with a digital reach of 345 million people.
Consider also, that you may have been to Londolozi before and, by default, became part of a community that is committed to the extension of conservation areas and wildlife rehabilitation. Many of the Londolozi team’s efforts in 2014 focus on sustainable gardens, solar power and more effective (and eco-friendly) waste management.
So have a little bit of fun with us. At 8h30 pm this Friday, pull out your favourite bottle of local wine, prepare a meal beforehand (have a look at Londolozi Executive Chef, Anna Ridgewell’s Board Dinner for two) and then create a quintessential Londolozi evening tablescape, lit up beautifully with tea light candles, lanterns, hurricane lamps and elegant votives.
Then simply turn off all non-essential lights and power and enjoy the radiant light. And the quiet. And then – somewhere during the length of a beautiful evening – think about your commitment to the planet for the rest of the year.
If you are “amped” to make 2014 a year in which you are more aware of your “footprint”, here are six manageable tips:
- Turn off all non-essential lights, especially in offices, and consider installing motion sensor lighting
- Cut down your shower time by five minutes every day. That’s 35 minutes a week and over 30 hours per year. Many individuals also shut off the water when they are sponging
- Unplug your phone and laptop chargers when they are not in use
- Buy energy-efficient appliances – in many countries, new appliances now come with a logo to let you know that they are energy efficient
- Eat in-season vegetables, preferably from your own garden
- When using your washing machine, or dish washer, load them up to save water, electricity and washing powder
These are just a few starting points. What “easy” beginner’s tips can you add? Come on readers – let’s inspire our community to make 2014 a year of real change in our day-to-day living. Share your insights and use your power to make change a reality.
Join our #EarthHour #BomaDinner celebration. Don’t forget to send in and share your photos.