Earth Hour- 2012

31 Mar

Today marks the day for Earth Hour 2012. I think that it is remarkable how far the movement for the Earth Hour event has come and it is rewarding to know that instead of just saying that I want to contribute, this is a minute way that I can. The goal of Earth Hour is not to just stop at turning the lights off for an hour, but to consider how we live our lives to make an effort to live greener!

In doing a little bit of research about Earth Hour, I discovered that WWF-Australia (World Wildlife Fund) held the very first Earth Hour event in Sydney. 2.2 million people turned out their lights for one hour as their collective agreement to take a stand against climate change. The following year, 2008, was pivotal for the event because the goal was for the rest of Australia to take part in Earth Hour but Toronto, Canada (proud Canadian moment) signed up, along with 35 additional countries. The event has had incredible reception and in 2011, the official Earth Hour website states that “more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.”

With a little bit of the history of Earth Hour under our belts, let’s remember why we are turning off the lights. The Earth Hour website puts it best:

“Earth Hour is a unique opportunity for you to become more sustainable and do something positive for the environment. It’s been the source of inspiration for millions of people taking steps towards a cleaner, safer future. It’s not just about saving energy for one hour, it’s about going Beyond the Hour with lasting, behaviour-changing actions for a sustainable planet.”

So with that being said, are you going to join in for Earth Hour and go dark to go bright?

Lights out,

Merzybean.

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One Response to “Earth Hour- 2012”

  1. merzybean April 1, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    well thanks to you we did it!!

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