Tonight, from 8:30-9:30pm, your local time, wherever you are, please join the world in celebrating Earth Hour. For one hour, everyone is asked to switch off the lights AND making a commitment to one follow-up step on behalf of our Mother Earth. Here is what the official sponsors, WWF, have to say:
What Is Earth Hour?
It is the biggest environmental awareness campaign ever seen!
When is it?
Earth Hour takes place once every year. On the last Saturday of March. It is one hour – from 8:30 to 9:30pm your local time.
What’s the aim?
To raise environmental awareness and get us doing small things in our daily lives that together can have huge impacts.
What does it involve?
Simply turning off your lights for 1 hour. Earth’s hour.
How useful is this?
Earth Hour is a highly “visible” symbolic act. One that millions of people can easily join in with.
And one that allows you to have fun while sending out a serious message to our politicians and governments, that says:
“I care about my planet!”
What is the story?
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.
Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.
On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.
Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30PM (local time). This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up. Join us!