Saturday, March 21, 2009

Earth Hour - Will You Participate?

Participation is easy; simply switch off your lights for one hour from 8:30 until 9:30pm, local time, on March 28th.

Earth Hour began in Sydney Australia in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. The goal this year is to have 1 billion people switch off their lights for one hour as part of a global vote. Also known as Vote Earth, this is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. It’s a call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Your light switch is your vote. Results will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen later this year. That meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. By taking part in Earth Hour 2009, you’ll send a message that we must act now to slow climate change.

Your participation in Earth Hour does more than just send a message; it’s an opportunity to think about your impact on the environment. As you sit in the dark for one hour, perhaps you’ll think about the ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. Consider an ongoing effort to conserve electricity and natural resources. Think about switching to energy-efficient lighting, appliances, and transportation. Try to make a difference everyday, not just one hour each year. Your grandchildren will thank you.

To sign up, or to learn more about Earth Hour, visit: