Are you ready for this year’s Earth Hour? Cities in 92 countries around the world are and if you’re not planning to participate, you should reconsider. There’s really no reason not to. At 8:30 p.m. your local time on Saturday March 27, simply turn your lights off for an hour. You might be thinking, “Ugh, but I have stuff to get done!” Well sure, but you really can’t go without electricity for one hour? Think of it as a time to do the simple things you rarely have time for. Cuddle with a loved one on the couch, tell stories with friends, or simply shut your eyes and reflect on the day. Don’t forget, you can always light a candle and have a romantic dinner or read a book.
What’s the point of Earth Hour? According to the World Wildlife Fund, “It reflects the conviction of people around the world that climate change is real, and we need to do something about it.” And not only do homes participate in Earth Hour, but businesses and national landmarks are too. Here are just a few of the landmarks in the USA that will shut the lights off for an hour: the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Las Vegas Strip, Niagara Falls and the Willis Tower in Chicago.
Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, with 200 million people participating. In 2009, hundreds of millions of people in more than 4,000 cities and towns participated. Let’s see if that record can be broken in 2010!