Photo Friday | Leaders Against Litter and Earth Hour

The spirit of Earth Month events are really kicking up already, even if there's still a full week left of March. Today was Keep Louisiana Beautiful's annual Leaders Against Litter statewide cleanup, and tomorrow marks the annual Earth Hour event at 8:30 p.m. in your local time zone.

Leaders Against Litter

Leaders Against Litter showcases community leaders and elected officials “leading the way” in Louisiana's charge against litter. The initiative raises awareness about how our state's pervasive litter problem affects communities by inviting community leaders to observe the problem firsthand by cleaning up a local roadway and educating participants about the direct and indirect costs and damage caused by litter.

Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux proclaimed today as the 2018 Leaders Against Litter Day in a brief ceremony before the real fun began.

Lafayette's cleanup had about 25 volunteers cleaning a littered portion of roadway, and picked up 465 pounds of litter, including car bumpers and other parts, a bottle of pills, lots of cigarette butts, and plenty of glass bottles.

And in a great way of practicing what we preach, Project Front Yard supplied water in a large dispenser, and provided reusable water bottles for those who didn't have one already (mine comes from my car), instead of providing a case of plastic bottled water. 

Earth Hour

I've celebrated Earth Hour as an individual since probably 2010. Sometimes I've just relaxed at home in one of my former apartments, and sometimes I'm out with friends and try to at least do something small between 8:30 and 9:30.

No matter how big or small you make your Earth Hour, you can still show your commitment to a healthy environment and take a stand for climate change action by simply switching off nonessential lights and electronics for one hour.

You don't have to sit in the dark twiddling your thumbs and playing on your phone. Light candles for natural ambient lighting. Meditate. Brainstorm one or two ways you can make changes at home and at work to conserve energy. Get outside and go for a bike ride, or just hang out in your backyard or on your patio with some candles or solar-powered string lights.

Organized by the World Wildlife Federation, Earth Hour started in Australia in 2007 and has grown to become a global movement promoting energy conservation and protecting the planet. Homes, commercial buildings and even entire cities are taking part in switching non-essential lights off for just one hour. Many large cities around the world participate on a large scale, turning off the nonessential lights on iconic buildings.

On an individual level, you probably won't notice a difference in your utility bill, but your hour still contributes to a greater cause and provides you a conversation starter with friends, family and your online networks about the importance of conservation.

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