Earth Hour

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When is Earth Hour?

Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm, local time.

What is Earth Hour?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Earth Hour is an annual international event created by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund), held on the last Saturday of March, that asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. It was pioneered by WWF Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald in 2007,[1] and achieved worldwide participation in 2008.

Who Can Participate?

Anybody can participate and join together with millions of people across the globe celebrating Earth Hour.

How Can You Participate?

Earth Hour is about taking simple steps everyday that collectively reduce carbon emissions – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.

Here are 10 different ways to spend Earth Hour and reduce your carbon footprint:

  • · Attend a local Earth Hour event or organize your own by throwing an Earth Hour street party with your neighbors.
  • · Gather family & friends for a night picnic in your local park and look at the stars
  • · Enjoy a family dinner by candlelight
  • · Organize a treasure hunt in the dark
  • · Take the dog for a night walk
  • · Have a candle-lit bath
  • · Sit in the dark and share stories
  • · Organise a family night playing board games
  • · Share a romantic night in with your loved one
  • · Upload your ‘on the night’ photos and videos to flickr and YouTube respectively, and then add them to the Earth Hour flickr group and the global YouTube Group.

Earth Hour Executive Director, Andy Ridley, is encouraging people to participate in whatever way they choose and to think beyond the hour.

“There are no hard and fast rules surrounding participation in Earth Hour. We only ask that you flick that switch and have fun doing whatever you choose to do during that time.

Make Earth Hour work for you. Families with young children should feel free to turn their lights off earlier than 8:30pm and for those having too much fun in the dark during the hour, don’t feel you have to limit yourself to one hour and switch back on at 9:30pm.”

To find out more about Earth Hour, visit the official website, sign up and join millions of people in more than 1,400 cities and towns in 80 countries throughout the world by turning off your lights for one hour at 8:30pm on Saturday 28 March.

Thanks to Donna for getting me on board with this one! Love you.

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