On Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm local time (wherever you are), pledge your commitment to protect the planet with millions of people across the globe during the 5th annual Earth Hour. Cities and organizations will participate with lights out events, restaurants will serve dinner by candlelight and people worldwide will unite by turning off lights and non-essential appliances.
The first Earth Hour was held in Sydney, Australia in 2007. 2100 businesses and 2.2 million Sydney residents switched off their lights for one hour to raise awareness and highlight the need for urgent solutions on the issue of climate change. Immediately after the inaugural event in 2007, plans were developed to make Earth Hour a global event beginning in 2008. And so it began.
Since 2007, Earth Hour has been held annually and continues to break records for participation each year. Last year, a record hundreds of millions of people across 135 countries switched off for an hour and commited lasting action on climate change for Earth Hour 2011.
The theme for Earth Hour 2012 is “I Will if You Will“. People all over the world are challenging YOU to do something awesome for the environment in exchange for doing something great themselves. Accept a challenge or make your dare here. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax has promised to turn his moustache green, Jerry James Stone will go vegan for a month, Jim Leape will tag a bluefin tuna, and Claudia Bahamón will go without electricity for one week all in return for YOU accepting their dares to save the world.
LAX in 2010 – Before and During Earth Hour:
Las Vegas Strip in 2011 – Before and During Earth:
What else can you do?
Join the global community of people who support great causes with the Earth Hour Fund by purchasing a postcode lottery ticket. Lottery funds are used to support People’s Projects and each ticket is entered into a lottery for daily cash draws.
“The Postcode Lottery is the best thing I’ve ever seen to involve ordinary people in charitable work.” – Bill Clinton
Some of the project’s supported by the postcode lottery:
Solar Cookers – one solar cooker can give five families access to clean energy providing cooking, heating and electricity solutions for communities in need. And it only takes 30 players to distribute one solar cooker.
Solar Lamps – solar lamps help households without reliable electricity with much needed light for living, working and studying without the fumes associated with kerosene lighting. 3 lottery players = 1 solar lamp.
Go Beyond the Hour
Earth Hour alone isn’t going to change the world. But raising individual awareness is critical to changing public policy. Earth Hour raises awareness. Go beyond the hour and think about what you can do to make a difference each and every day.
- contact your representatives and let them know that energy efficiency is important to the people they represent
- vote for representatives that are committed to moving beyond fossil fuels
- turn off and unplug electronic devices when not in use
- open the blinds during the day and leave the lights off
- recycle everything you can
- use reusable bags
- plant a garden
- pledge to stop buying bottled water
- eat vegetarian for one week
- purchase only sustainable seafood
- what else can you think of?
Earth Hour Events In Los Angeles
Last year my family and I participated at home by turning off our lights, unplugging everything except the refrigerator, lighting a few earth-friendly candles and playing Uno. But more importantly, we had great discussions in the dark about what we can do to effect change, not only in our individual lives but in our communities and beyond. Changes to public policy and solutions to our energy problems require individuals to come together and work towards a common goal.
How will you spend Earth Hour?