Sunday, March 29, 2009
Until Friday, I had never heard of Earth Hour. Then a friend e-mailed me and suggested I might want to participate. Indeed I did! Just as Earth Hour (Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 PM) was about to begin, I was suddenly very hungry for dinner. I turned out all the lights and set out to find a restaurant that was observing Earth Hour. I was somewhat disappointed to see that most businesses were "lights on" as usual but it didn't take long to find a place that was participating in this global message that we are ready to stop climate change. The one restaurant I found observing Earth Hour was the Vegetarian House, a rather pricey, upscale restaurant for the true believers. I used to eat here frequently and enjoyed the kind of magic they work with meat alternatives, like turning soy into lemon chicken. Anyway, the first thing I saw when I walked in was a big beautiful poster of our planet. Then I noticed the restaurant was lighted entirely by candles and the waiters were wearing headlights. I settled into a corner table, ordered a fresh mushroom, noodle soup with greens (delicious) and sat and read a book by candlelight. A TV reporter and a cameraman came up to my table and asked if I would say something about Earth Hour. I declined. I commend the Vegetarian House for participating in Earth Hour. Now lets all choose something we can do right now to stop global warming.