Earth Hour

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What’s so special about March 26? Earth Hour, of course. This important observance was conceived by the World Wildlife Fund and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness for the need to take immediate action on climate change.

Only a year later, Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people in 35 countries participating. Over the next several years, Earth Hour continued to gain a massive following, and by 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the 3rd Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially “switched off” to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative to date.

Earth Hour 2010 was even more successful with 128 countries joining the global display of climate action. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration, contemplation, and hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour. Clearly, Earth Hour has become a powerful force to raise awareness for sustainability issues. But there’s more to planetary healing than switching off lights for an hour once a year. The bigger idea is to empower people to join forces ongoing so that we may collectively create a better, safer future for our planet.

This Earth Hour, which takes place on Saturday, March 26, at 8.30PM (local time), consider extending the single hour of lights off. Dine by candlelight and toast the Earth. Then─once the lights are back on─seek out additional ways you can make a difference. Together our actions add up. In locking arms, we can better protect and preserve the one thing we all have in common─our precious, fragile planet. www.earthhour.org.

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