While doing my graduate studies, I interned for the Mayor’s office in my city for the Sustainability Office. My city decided to participate in Earth Hour, a call for unity to address global climate change by turning off the lights for one hour. One of my jobs was to arrange that event which included setting up my first website. This partly explains how I figured out how to set up 538 Refugees.
I confess, I think the whole concept of Earth Hour is kind of silly. It reminds me of my undergraduate days when I participated in ‘Hands Across America‘ where a whole bunch of people tried to form a human chain across the nation. My friends and I were on the bridge across the Mississippi River in Memphis. I can’t even remember what that celebration was for but it was the eighties. The whole “We Are the World” African famine thing was all the rage. There was a big rock star protest against apartheid. Farm-Aid for midwest farmers. “Feed the World“, etc.
But Earth Hour has grown.
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating.
On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action.
Yeah, it’s silly and symbolic. but it’s kind of fun to participate in a global blackout. The whole idea is that many small efforts combined result in a big shift. So if you want to participate in Earth Hour, kill your lights for one hour on Saturday March 26 at 8:30pm. And in a small way, show your support for taking steps towards mitigating global climate change.
- Earth Hour 2011 – Will You Participate? (socyberty.com)
- Earth Hour 2011 (Saturday 26th March 20:30pm) (chefsnews.wordpress.com)
- Celebrate Earth Hour this Saturday March 26 (akoha.com)
- Earth Hour 2011: Cities Around The World Go Dark Saturday (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Twitterers turn lights off, keep tweeting for Earth Hour – The Independent (news.google.com)
- Earth Hour (3ateeja.wordpress.com)
- Earth hour 2011 (slowvelder.wordpress.com)