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Energy conservation is on nearly everyone’s mind these days, and people are looking for ways to make a statement about their commitment to the environment. With just three weeks left until Earth Hour 08, 8-9 pm on March 29, a wide array of companies, cities and other organizations from around the world have signed on to participate by turning off their lights for one hour. This worldwide event, which grew out of a local event in Sydney Australia last year, is sponsored by WWF, the World Wildlife Fund.
Sponsoring companies include:
- Hewlett-Packard (official Earth Hour technology partner)
- National Geographic Channel (official U.S. media partner)
Participating US cities include:
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Chicago, Illinois
- San Francisco, California
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Northbrook, Illinois
- Denver, Colorado
To find out more, go to the Earth Hour web site and sign up. Sign up, participate and organize to help raise awareness of energy-related environmental issues.
Regarding the previous post on “The French Chernobyl”, it has caused some unfortunate confusion. The title of that post was coined by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to refer to the extremely serious PCB contamination of the Rhone river in France. These chemicals are or were used as coolants and insulators for industrial (and some consumer) transformers and capacitors. The massive extent of the pollution and its poisoning of local fish (for human consumption) led to the rather dramatic quote from WWF. This unfortunate situation in France is not a recipe for sustainable development!
Please read the comment on the preceding post from reader rengler and my response, which I also used as the basis for text added at the end of an edited, improved version of the article- I wasn’t clear enough with the first version. Thanks, JKB.
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):