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By Sister Sara Dwyer ASC

As we move into Holy Week, a sacred time that unites Christians around the world, it’s important to remember that the darkness of human decision-making tried to put out the light of Christ’s redeeming us through his suffering and death.

But this light no darkness could overcome. We celebrate both the darkness of Jesus’ death and his resurrection as the Light of the World.

This past Saturday, March 28, the global human community was invited to participate in the Earth Hour, a 60-minute span of time, but also a movement to promote renewable energy, policies and laws that address climate change, and environmentally responsible business practices.

As Earth Hour Global’s Sudhanshu Sarronwala put it, “Climate change is not just the issue of the hour, it’s the issue of our generation.”

The world’s most famous landmarks went dark during Earth Hour on Saturday evening, and supporters worldwide used the time to promote climate-change solutions.

Lent has challenged us to change habits and attitudes and to live in the Light of New Life. Turning off lights as both a symbol and practical solution to climate change is a good practice for Lent and the rest of our lives.