Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million people and 2,000 plus businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. One year later Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with over 50 million people across 35 countries/territories joining in. Participating in the event was Sydney Harbor Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum. As they all stood in darkness it signified the hope for a cause that has continued to be crucial to us all.
March 2009, hundreds of millions of people and businesses took part in Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to show their commitment, their support for the cause making Earth Hour 2009 the largest global climate change initiative thus far.
As each year the participation has grown, March 2010 Earth Hour became the largest Earth Hour ever. Some 128 countries and territories joined the global participation of climate action. Iconic landmarks from Asia, Europe, Africa to the Americas all switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and joined in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common, a commitment to the survival of this planet.
Earth Hour 2011 is March 26th is this weekend at 8:30 ( local time). Lets go beyond the hour and take action to further your commitment to climate change. It is a time that I look forward to. A time to reflect and take notice of the amount of lifestyle changes that would occur if we didn’t have electricity. It is a time to come together as a whole and make a huge impact as a proactive and concerned citizen. It is a time to relax and do something out of the norm. Play games , have a romantic dinner, read or talk to someone close to you by candlelight. It can be a time to stop the stressful pace of life and just rest and recover for one evening. I haven’t decided what I will do for Earth Hour yet, but thinking that maybe lying on the hammock looking at the stars might be a wonderful change from my routine. The options are endless even without power. It is a time for us all to connect on a level of love for the earth, nature and ourselves and not get caught up in the addiction to electricity.
For decades children have had an addiction to technology which requires in most cases electricity. They haven’t known anything else. In there minds ( depending what country they live) electricity is a never ending always available resource and I’m not sure that most children even know that it is also a luxury that some areas of the world still to this day, don’t have access . Earth Hour can be a time to educate your children on the impact that electricity has on the environment and our lives and the price we have to pay for it. Not only in dollar amount, but also in the lives of the people who work to keep it available to us. The amount of natural resources it takes to have electricity in your city, and how that electricity is made in your area. Does your city have solar or wind turbines to help with the demand for energy? Does your city use other natural resources like water or coal? Does your city use nuclear energy? As we all read about the tragedy of Japan and the nuclear plant, lets all remember the immense impact that nuclear plants have on, not only the local people of Japan, but the world as a whole. Are we willing to continue with this risk for the sake of creating energy or work to find cleaner and healthier ways to supply our need for energy. It can be very educational and interesting for parents and children to take the time to learn how they get electricity into the outlets that we plug our toys,computers, appliances and t.v into.
This Saturday at Earth hour take the opportunity to make commitments to go beyond the hour and make a difference. If we all work together to cut our usage down we can make a huge impact on the world. If you have an event or would like to create one go to Meet Up.com and list your event.
Take the time to turn off your lights and make a huge impact on the world! It can be fun!