From sundown to sundown, March 7th to 8th, thousands of people across the world from New York and Tel Aviv, to Warsaw and Australia, will turn off their cellphones, log out of Twitter, shut down their Kindles and take a 24-hour break from technology. Sounds kinda familiar, right? That’s because the ancient Jewish tradition of observing Shabbat (the Sabbath) is the inspiration behind Reboot’s fourth annual National Day of Unplugging.
Based around 10 universal principles called the Sabbath Manifesto – things like “get outside,” “find silence,” and “give back” – The National Day of Unplugging encourages people to temporarily disconnect from their hectic, fast-paced lives and reconnect to the world and people around them. Some folks will join in because they are traditionally observant Jews who “unplug” every week. Some will join because they think it’s eco-friendly to give their electronics a little break. And some will join in simply because they want the opportunity to relax and spend time with family and friends. So why do YOU unplug?
This year, whether you are observant or not – and whether you’re Jewish or not! – sign the pledge to be a part of the National Day of Unplugging. Head to the beach, the forest, your friend’s house, or join in at one of the many unplugging events going on around the country.
Feeling extra creative? Download and print out a copy of Reboot’s “I Unplug To____” sign. Fill it in then upload a photo of yourself holding it on their website to let everyone know why unplugging is important to you!
Do you have plans to celebrate the National Day of Unplugging? If so, we want to hear about it! Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting @repairtheworld. You can also follow the National Day of Unplugging at @SabbathManifest, #unplug.