Wednesday, March 24, 2010



Earth Hour 2010 will happen on Saturday, March 27 at 8.30pm (local time – that means wherever you are without consideration of Time Zones). Earth Hour calls for people to turn off their lights – in their homes, in their businesses, or wherever they are – for one hour during the year.

The Earth Hour celebration is only 3 years old. It is an action celebrated by individuals, businesses and communities throughout the world. Last year, people in 87 countries and all the continents of the world turned off their lights for Earth Hour. It is estimated that 80 million people in the U.S. participated in last year’s event. Well-known landmarks such as the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Las Vegas Strip, Golden Gate Bridge and Seattle's Space Needle also took part in the event.

People who turn off their lights for Earth Hour show that they understand their share part of the collective responsibility for human-caused damage to the Earth. Given this responsibility, they pledge themselves to find ways to work toward a sustainable future. In particular, that means that Earth Hour celebrants are willing to work together to raise awareness about global warming and to seek ways to assure lower carbon usage in the future. These kinds of actions are urgent if we hope to leave our children and grandchildren livable conditions on Earth.

Take advantage of the hour that you celebrate this Earth Hour by having a leisurely candle-light dinner or sitting around the table (or a fire in the chimney would be even better) to tell stories or to discuss ways that the family can practice conservation and save more carbon-based energy in the future. If you're going to be alone this coming Earth Hour, use this valuable time for a quiet candle-light activity such as prayer, meditation or doing some craft that doesn't require a lot of light - such as knitting or crocheting.

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