At 8:30pm on Saturday, March 26, 2011, lights will switch off around the world for Earth Hour, a global movement encouraging individuals, businesses and governments to take positive actions for the environment and to celebrate their commitment to the planet by switching off their lights for one designated hour.
Earth Hour was organized with the help of the World Wildlife Fund and started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. An amazing 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour as a symbolic gesture to show their stand against climate change. Since then this grass roots movement has grown. In 2010, a record 128 countries and territories joined the global display. Iconic buildings and landmarks all over the world switched off and many more will participate in 2011.
EarthHour.org asks everyone to take personal accountability for their impact on the planet and make behavioural changes to facilitate an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Pledging to switch off your lights for an hour or helping to spread the word about Earth Hour is a great start, but what about going beyond the hour? Whether it’s changing your light bulb to an environmentally friendly bulb, using less water, reducing waste, recycling, using a reusable grocery bag or reusable water bottle, there are many small changes you can make in your daily life to help our planet in the long run.
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So remember to show your support for Earth Hour by turning off your lights for an hour on March 26th, beginning at 8:30pm your local time. Then, when the lights go back on, think about what you can change in your daily life that will benefit our planet. If you want to know more about what Earth Hour is, visit EarthHour.org’s FAQ page. You can also visit the Earth Hour Facebook page.