Please remember to take part by turning off all lights from 8:30pm-9:30pm on March 31, 2012
Earth hour is sponsored by WWF – a conservation group that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation by 5% annually.
Earth hour began in Sydney Australia, in 2007 2.2 million residents and more than 2,100 business turned off the lights and non-essential appliances for one hour. That one single hour accounted for 10.2% reduction in energy consumption across the city. Just one year later in 2008 Earth hour became global, with more than 50 million people participating. In 2009 hundreds of millions took part in the 3rd earth hour with 88 countries participating. Earth hour grew again in 2010 with 128 countries and territories pledged their support. 2011 was the biggest in the campaign’s 5 year history. Making it the largest voluntary action for the environment. Taking part in 135 countries and territories and having about 1.8 billion people.
Earth hour has been such a success in the past years that people are being encouraged to go after the hour. The campaign is being called 60+
According to the WWF website “with the power of social network supporting Earth Hour message, we hope to attract an even larger participation so we can build a truly global community, committed to create a greener planet”.
So go ahead and take the challenge! Spend the time having light shows with your children using flashlights, spend a romantic candle lit hour with your partner, meditate, just enjoy participating and knowing that you are making a difference!
Also a lot of places are having their own events to celebrate earth hour, if you are interested look in your area I am sure you will find something.