Earth Hour 2008: turn off your lights for one hour, 3/29/08, 8 pm
Affiliated with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour 2008 will be held at 8 pm on the 29 of March, 2008. People and groups around the world, including cities and companies and schools, will turn their lights out for one hour. This is a global version of an event started in Sydney, Australia, last year. Earth Hour attempts to engage people, companies, organizations, schools and cities in the conservation process, to make people more aware of the environment, and to show how individual acts, multiplied by millions of people, can have a significant, positive influence on energy use and savings.
- If you believe in global warming, you might see this as a chance to help reduce human contributions to climate change.
- If you don’t believe in global warming, you might view this as a much-needed exercise in energy conservation.
I recently became aware of this event via two friends on gather.com, Morgan and flit (thanks!). See also this article by Kate Keeley for more information, and a personal perspective that starts out with the intriguing sentence:
Someone asked me while I was traveling in Antarctica, “So…are you having the greatest time ever?”
The following is taken from earthhour.org:
Earth Hour 2007 was a Sydney event. Earth Hour 2008 is a global movement.
Created to take a stand against the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.
This simple act has captured the hearts and minds of people all over the world. As a result, at 8pm on the 29 March, 2008 millions of people in some of the world’s major capital cities, including Copenhagen, Toronto, Chicago, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tel Aviv will unite and switch off for Earth Hour.
There is much more information at the primary site, earthhour.org. You can help organize participation by your whole community, participate on your own, etc. Take a look, you might want to register and participate. I did.
For more on the WWF, see the following links from the US website (or look here for their global site, which links to WWF organizations in many countries):