Friday, March 28, 2008

One Hour for the Earth



Have you heard yet about Earth Hour? If you care about global climate change and are fortunate enough to live in one of the major cities participating in this event, I'll bet you are right up front with this initiative. If not, it's time to get with the program and sign up for tomorrow's night's Lights Out. The Earth Hour US site describes it like so:

On March 29, 2008 at 8 p.m., join millions of people around the world in making a statement about climate change by turning off your lights for Earth Hour, an event created by the World Wildlife Fund. (emphasis added)

Earth Hour was created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and in one year has grown from an event in one city to a global movement. In 2008, millions of people, businesses, governments and civic organizations in nearly 200 cities around the globe will turn out for Earth Hour. More than 100 cities across North America will participate, including the US flagships–Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco and Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

We invite everyone throughout North America and around the world to turn off the lights for an hour starting at 8 p.m. (your own local time)–whether at home or at work, with friends and family or solo, in a big city or a small town.
After you watch the video and read some of the FAQ, you'll want to sign up, maybe get your entire neighborhood in on the idea. The Earth Hour US site also has lots of good ideas for what we can do during all the rest of our hours to lessen our carbon footprint at home, at school, at work. This seems to me like an idea that will continue to grow, those of us who didn't get our cities or towns on board this year may get active sooner next year, and perhaps plan communal awareness events in the twilight of this one hour we can set aside for the earth.

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