Did you participate in Earth Hour? Major cities and anyone that wanted to participate were urged to turn off the lights for 60 minutes between 8:30 and 9:30 local time.
We turned out the lights and took Jersey for a walk to see the effects and guess what - it didn't look any different from any other night.
A few other hopefuls were out with their children with flashlights in hand. Two teen-aged girls had candles in jars but disappointingly there was no difference. Three restaurants on my "top road" served dinner by candle-light. And our local repertory cinema delayed their second showing. Hats off to them. But the rest of the street was blazing away brightly. All shops had their marquees on AND interior lights. Needless to say that streetlights were on for safety.
According to City Hall the demand for electricity was down 15% for that time period but we didn't see any change in our neighbourhood.
I was a little perplexed as mine is a neighbourhood that had a 24-hour blackout in the middle of January. We know how to do DARK.
So hooray and thank you for those who did dim the lights. It wasn't that hard, was it?