Last year, on March 31, for one hour, the people of Sydney, Australia made a powerful statement about the greatest contributor to global warming – coal-fired electricity – by turning off their lights. Over 2.2 million Sydney residents and over 2,100 businesses switched off, leading to a 10.2% energy reduction across the city. What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world.
Tomorrow, March 29 at 8pm, (in a bit more synchronicity with our Card of the Week perhaps!), 24 global cities will officially participate in Earth Hour. Earth Hour is part of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis.
It is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.
So tomorrow, at 8 pm, your local time, I encourage you to turn off and unplug for one hour.