Saturday, March 12, 2011

Earth Hour: Time To Turn Off Your Lights

It's two weeks until the annual Earth Hour event. Have you planned how you will turn off your lights and all electrical appliances on Saturday March 26th at 8:30pm (your local time)?

Now organized by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney when 2.2 million people and over 2000 businesses simultaneously turned their lights off for one hour.

Within a year Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement, with over 50 million people in 35 countries participating, along with major landmarks such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, San Francisco's famed Golden Gate Bridge, the CN Tower in Toronto and the Roman Colosseum.

This global movement continues to grow in size and scope. Last year hundreds of millions of people across 128 countries and territories joined in. Lights were turned off in iconic buildings and landmarks around the world, as well as in millions of homes.

Join in this celebration of life on this planet. Gather your friends and families to discuss, in the dark, other things you each can do to make a difference to reduce the ecological impact of modern society and your own environmental footprints.

After all, it's only for an hour on a Saturday night. But the benefits can last well into the next couple of generations.

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