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Earth Hour is this Saturday, March 27th, 8:30 Local

March 25, 2010

Earth Hour 2010This Saturday at 8:30pm (your local time) marks the 4th Annual World Wildlife Fund Earth Hour.  Turn off your lights for 60 minutes to raise awareness about the need to protect our Earth and her climate.  It may not seem like a lot, but that’s the point.  Sometimes trying to help out a great cause can seem so daunting, “what can I possibly do when the problem is so big?”  However, by asking that people sacrifice just one small hour, times MILLIONS at once, it can make a huge impact.

For those who are not that familiar with Earth Hour, here is some info from their website:

Earth Hour began in one city in 2007 when more than two million individuals and two thousand businesses in Sydney, Australia turned off their lights for one hour on Saturday 31 March 2007.

In 2008, Earth Hour reached 370 cities and towns in more than 35 countries across 18 time zones, as the campaign shifted from a one-city event to a global action. 50 million people around the world switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2008. Global landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Rome’s Coliseum, Sydney Opera House, Coke billboard in Times Square and the Burj al Arab in Dubai darkened for one hour.

Earth Hour 2009 created history as the greatest voluntary action ever witnessed, representing the first ever global vote. Registrations, polling and energy reduction levels indicate that hundreds of millions of people voted Earth over Global Warming with their light switch in 4159 cities, towns and municipalities across 88 countries, including 73 national capitals and 9 of the world’s 10 most populated cities. Global landmarks that switched off in support included The Sphinx and Pyramids at Giza, Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Acropolis in Athens.

Earth Hour is mostly about raising awareness of our impact on Earth, not necessarily trying to save it in one hour. However, even that one hour can make a tiny impact and showcase how each and everyone of us can do our own part to make a difference.  From an article on the 2008 Earth Hour, “Commonwealth Edison, the electrical utility company servicing Chicago and northern Illinois — said that about 840,000 pounds of carbon dioxide were kept out of the atmosphere during the voluntary power shutoff Saturday night…[and that] residents reduced the same amount of carbon dioxide as 104 acres of trees during the Earth Hour power turnoff.”

For those that live in Georgia, see what your community may be doing to recognize Earth Hour 2010 by clicking here. I plan to do my part by turning off all my lights and heading out to a nice restaurant to let someone else cook for me!

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