On 31 March last year, the city of Sydney, Australia, turned off its lights for one hour. Coordinated by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Australia, “Earth Hour” drew participation from individuals, businesses, and major landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House. The goal of the event was to raise awareness of climate change and demonstrate simple ways to reduce energy usage.
This year, WWF is making it a planet-wide campaign. Major cities such as San Fransisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix, Toronto, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, and Christchurch are joining Sydney this year in darkening non-essential lights. And you can join in, too!
Earth Hour’s web site has suggestions on how to get involved. First, turn off your lights from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. (local time) on 29 March. Also, spread the word! Involve your friends and family. Bloggers, do what you do best. You can also encourage local businesses to take part, and even work to involve your town or city.
If you are interested, please sign up and pledge your support!
5 thoughts on “Earth Hour 2008: Turn off the lights for one hour on 29 March”
San Francisco did a similar thing last year. To these kind of initiatives, I say why not? Little drops do ad up, hopefully . . .
I agree. And more than the power saved during that hour, it’s about showing people that there are other activities they can do, and about promoting environmentalism and keeping these issues in the public eye.
global warming is a myth!!!!
I’m sorry you believe that. Most climate scientists and all major scientific organizations agree that climate change is already occurring and is a very serious concern (see my prior post, “Just Who Takes Global Warming Seriously, Anyway?”) and I find their evidence easily convincing.
I am participating in Earth Hour and I am proud of Chicago for doing so too!
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