Earth Hour 2009

I’m sure by now you must have heard about Earth Hour 2009. It’s an initiative whereby they invite people from all over the world to switch off their lights for one hour on the 28th of March 2009 at 20h30 local time. That’s right it’s not happening all at the same time, it will be a rolling event.

Earth Hour 2009 is a global initiative by the World Wide Fund for Nature which acts as a worldwide call to action to every individual, business and community to take a stand against Climate Change. To show your support, sign up now and commit to switching off your lights for one hour on Saturday, March 28th at 8:30pm. Originating in Sydney, Australia in 2007, the Earth Hour initiative proved more than worthwhile when it witnessed 2 million people coming together to switch off their lights for one hour for this vital cause.

Following on from this success, 2008 saw an estimated 50 million people taking part. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

This year, 2009, Earth Hour will see the lights go out on some of the most recognised attractions on the planet, including Cape Town’s Table Mountain, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Merlion in Singapore, Sydney Opera House, the iconic 6-star hotel, the Burj al Arab, in Dubai, Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and the world’s tallest constructed building, the Taipei 101.

Earth Hour 2009 has one major aim: to unite the citizens of the world in the fight against climate change in order to convince governments and world leaders that our planet cannot wait any longer. There simply isn’t enough time, and therefore 2009 is a colossally important, if not the most critical year, to take action on climate change. 2009 is the year we decide the future of our planet. – source EarthHour website.

There are also various other ways you can also get involved:

  • Take a photo on the night and add it to Earth Hour’s flickr group
  • Make a video of your event and add it to Earth Hour’s YouTube group
  • Write a live blog post during the event tag it earthhour or voteearth
  • Update your Twitter status on the night and tag it #earthhour or #voteearth

Update 30 March 2009:
We spent the hour in darkness with the kids watching TV – they thought it felt like being at the cinema! According to an Eskom spokesperson, South Africa used about 400MW less electricity over that one-hour period (the equivalent of about 4.7 million 60W globes). [via News24]

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