This Saturday, March 28, billions of people around the world will be turning off their lights for 60 minutes to draw attention to our climate change and mark the need for global action. Beginning in Australia in 2007, this sponsored event by WWF, World Wildlife Fund, is expanding to many more countries. This year, it should be even bigger, with 2,400 cities and 82 countries prepared to go dark. WWF is hoping that 1 billion people participate this year. Wherever you are in the world, at 8:30 p.m., turn off your lights and conserve energy for 1 hour.
Who is participating??
Some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Sydney Opera House, and Table Mountain in Cape Town, will unite with icons such as the Merlion in Singapore, Niagara Falls, Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights and the Shanghai Hong Kong New World Tower – all going dark for one hour, at 8.30pm on 28 March. The London Eye, too, will be dimmed for the hour.
What will you do for an hour in the dark??????
Light Candles and eat by candle light.
Pop some popcorn and pretend you are in a movie theater.
Use this time to talk with your children about the Earth, different types of pollution, and climate change. Discuss the significance of what 1 billion people can do!
Go for a walk outside and see what your town looks like in the dark. Take pictures! Didn’t see many people participating in YOUR town this year???? Then you can educate them for next year. To quote Ghandi- “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Have an Earth Hour party with friends and neighbors and enjoy their company! Who knows? Maybe you will have so much fun, that as families, you will do this more than once a year?
I will be posting pictures from Chicago Earth Hour 2009.
If you would like more information about Earth Hour, visit the World WildlifeFund website.