Big push in Sydney since the event began here last year and was hoping to go international this year. Did you do it?
I got an email from the campus here where I'm saying informing us all that our campus would be participating in the event and invited all residents to go on down to the lawn next to the main office building to hang out for an hour and play acoustic music.
So, I have to admit, I was pretty excited about this, I'm not -quite- sure why except that environmentalism is an interest of mine so these sorts of things make me excited!
I got all set up and made myself one quick cup of tea before 8:00 ticked over to tide me through the hour. I turned off all of my lights, turned off the computer, went around and turned off the electrical outlets for all my stuff except for my fridge, opened up all the blinds in my apartment and made myself comfy on my couch.
I suppose I was waiting for that moment when it would all go dark. There's LOTS of path lighting in this place including a really rather obnoxiously bright one on the stairwell up to my apartment which is right outside my front window.
By 8:05pm I grudgingly had to accept the fact that the campus wasn't, in fact, going to be turning off any of their main lights. And from what I could see out of the window from my neighbors - nobody nearby was participating at all.
In fact, this is about how dark my neck of the woods ended up being:
Augh. So, a bit dissapointed that I'd have to deal with the BRIGHT SHINING LIGHT right outside my window I decided to take a walk and get away from the still-lit campus to check out what the rest of the nearby world was doing.
This walk took me right by the main office where a bunch of people had gathered and were playing guitars and generally enjoying themselves...
UNDERNEITH THE BRIGHT ELECTRIC LIGHTS LIGHTING UP THE SQUARE.
And just to make me even more dissapointed they had gone ahead and left all the lights in the main office on.
Way to go guys! *thumbs up!*
Still, it was a nice walk...
... just not very dark.
So at least in my neighborhood, not many people decided to participate. I even saw a couple households that had turned off all their lights, but were then sitting down infront of the TV to the news (to watch just how much energy they were saving?!)
Although admittedly the TV was mean and decided to show Jurassic Park on starting at 8:30pm and after being dissapointed with the campus' take to the hour I -almost- decided to say screw it all and turn it on but I remained firm! And after my bit of a walk I spent the last ten minutes with the blinds down (to cut out that annoying BRIGHT ELETRIC LIGHT on the stairwell) having a bit of a meditate.
I heard today that it was much more impressive in downtown Sydney, so now I know for next year.