Saturday is Earth Hour, from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. Check it out at www.earthhour.org. Many people will turn out their lights to signal their concern for the planet. This year, the tag line is, “Use your power to make change a reality.” Turning off the lights for an hour is one thing. Changing deeply entrenched systems around the world is another. The organizers have figured out they need us to become activists if that is going to happen.
Coincidentally, the reading from the Gospel of John for this Sunday is the one about Jesus healing the man born blind. (John 9:1–41, if you want to read it.) In the story, this guy with no name goes from darkness to light. On Saturday, we are asked to go from light to darkness to really see what we need to do.
The man in the story gets the gift of affirmation: Jesus sees him as beautiful, valued, an important member of the human family. When we flick the lights back on at our house, will we have a similar moment, except about the Earth and its beauty and value? That’s the challenge, I guess.
I hope your Earth Hour is a good one, and that we can all keep our eyes wide open to the respect we need to give our planet all year 'round.