Earth Hour This Saturday

So as Earth Hour approaches (Saturday 31st March 8.30-9.30pm), we will be having a small get together with close friends around the pool deck lit by solar lighting and Kim’s home made candles.  No mains lights, no computers, no TV, only the hum of the refrigerator.  It should be good fun.  I hope all of you are planning something special as it is the chance to embrace your environmental ethos with those friends who are not usually that excited about green things.

Having said that, I do have a confession.  I did enter the Earth Hour Awards again this year as they had an Eco Blogger category, but I wasn’t one of the finalists.  So a big congratulations to Lily Morrissey and Linh Do for making the final cut.  I voted for my favourite in the Peoples Choice Award.

However I did receive this invitation:

Dear Gavin, 

We hope this email finds you well!
While the Earth Hour Awards judging panel were ultimately only allowed to choose two finalists for each category, this does not do justice in showcasing the amazing things people like you are doing for a more sustainable world. As such, we are especially happy to invite you along to the official WWF Earth Hour Awards 2012 event

Please see this link for the invite which has all the information you need, however for a brief lowdown of the event:
When: 6.00 – 9.30pm, Saturday 31st March
Where: Sydney Opera House,
What: Cocktail style event with inspiring talks, amazing entertainment by none other than Blue King Brown, as well as delicious canapés and beverages. 

This invite is valid for two people, and we would be delighted to have attend as we all thoroughly enjoyed reading through your blog. 

If you can please RSVP by 23rd March.
For any further questions about any of the above or more, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we hope to see you there! 

Best regards,NickThe Earth Hour Team

Here is my reply:

Hi Nick, 

Thank you for your kind invitation. I am unable to attend as I live in Melton, Victoria, and it would make my carbon footprint larger from just one flight for a three and a half hour event, than all the carbon emissions that I have saved in the last 6 years! 


And here is Nick’s reply which is nice:

No worries at all Gavin, we do consider the environmental footprint effects of hosting such an event is a turn away for many of our great supporters who live and breathe sustainability!
So thank you as well for considering the environmental implications of your trip.
All the best and keep up the great work you’re doing with the blog!

What a nice guy and organisation, and the Sydney Opera House no less!  I do enjoy the event, and try and promote it far and wide, which in my mind will make up for not being there in Sydney.

Remember that there is still time to sign up to let the WWF know that you are participating.  It gives them a better idea of how many people went out of their way to make a difference.  You can sign up for Earth Hour here.

I believe that Earth Hour is every hour.  Please don’t stop at just the event, but try to incorporate more sustainable behaviours into your every day routine.  This is when you truly make a difference to your environmental footprint, when you go beyond Earth Hour.

So enjoy the evening, have fun and let your hair down a little.  I know we will!  I just hope that Kim’s guitar makes an appearance, as I think that she is really good.

TGoG Podcast 025 – The Long Drive Home

TGOG+podcast+logo+new+1400+v2This recording will either work, or be the worst podcast I have ever recorded.  This episode is a recording that I made on the journey home from Melbourne to Melton.

It is an observational piece where I prattle on about the unsustainable and sustainable features of the city.  There are many unsustainable features on my journey home, which I just usually mentally note, but here is a chance for me to share the irony of city sprawl when pitted against issues like peak oil and climate change.

Listen to the Episode Below (00:42:33)
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I hope you enjoy it, and even if you don’t, please leave me some feedback via comment so that I can improve this type of roving recording in the future.
Also, on the media front, this article titled “Worldwide Webber a hit was published in the Melton Weekly.  Corny title, I know, but a nice read.  I think the media frenzy is now coming to an end, so on with our regular posts from now on!
If you enjoyed the podcast, please pop over to iTunes and rate it and leave a review. You can also do the same within Stitcher Radio if you use that service.  It would help me out so much, and elevate the ratings so that others can find out about the podcast and learn about sustainable living in the ‘burbs.

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Until next time, stay green and keep keen!

The Diderot Effect

Over at the Simple Green Frugal Co-op, I have written a new and original essay about a psychological effect that I stumbled upon, called the “Diderot Effect”.  It is one of those things that advertisers try to tap into to trick us into becoming rampant consumers.  It tricks us into buying crap we don’t really need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t particularly like.

If you would like to learn a bit more about the “Diderot Effect”, then pop on over to the co-op for a read of my post titled “Treasure What You Have“.