Earth Hour is a global event organized by Word Wildlife Fund encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential electrical appliances and lights to raise awareness against climate change. This event takes place every last Sunday of March. On it's third year, Earth our will take place on the 27th of March, 2010 and over a billion participants are expected to switch off their lights at exactly 8:30 pm and ends at 9:30 pm local time.
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their 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 participating. Global landmarks such as the, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour. Read more in EarthHour.org
Our household and my in-laws' computer shop are participating in this event for the second time. There are may ways to participate in this event, help spread the world and let others know on how we can help Mother Earth by simply turning off the light. Keep in my mind that it's never too early to take action. We can start switching that light off now.You can also do these simple things below and you'll be shocked to know how much energy you saved.
- Be romantic. Make use of those leftover candles you used on you Valentines date and have a candlelit dinner spread out for you and your love ones.
- Take advantage of the mall. Turn off you AC and head out to the nearest mall. You can also bring your laptop and access Wi-Fi for free.
- Picnic time. It's the perfect time to spend some time outside enjoying the simple things in life. Grab a blanket and your favorite book and sit on the park in your area.
Not only are you helping Mother Earth but you are also helping your pocket. Think of all the savings you will get from your electric bill.
Please share some of your ideas in conserving energy.