Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2011 is taking place this Saturday 26th March at 8:30pm local time.

Earth Hour is a campaign run by WWF. The aim is to get people and businesses to simultaneously switch off their lights for an hour, in an attempt to highlight our need to reduce consumption if we are to tackle climate change and save the natural world.

Last year hundreds of millions of people across 128 different countries and territories took part, which is pretty impressive! Will you be taking part this year? You can sign up here.

You can like the Earth Hour Facebook page to demonstrate your support for the campaign and to show the world’s governments how seriously people now consider climate change to be.

I blogged about Earth Hour two years ago here.

As ever, text in red in this post links to other pages where you can find out more.

13 comments:

Carver said...

Thanks for the reminder. I have participated in this for several years and am on a mailing list that reminds me but for some reason I had forgotten it was this weekend.

Catherine said...

Normally, Christchurch people put a big effort into Earth Hour, but I think it will be rather irrelevant this year. There is still no power in the central business district, and the network in the east and south (where we are) is very fragile, so we are all conserving power as much as we can, all the time.

EG Wow said...

Thanks for the reminder, Juliet. I plan to join in. :))

Megan Coyle said...

what a great idea :)

Bill said...

earth hour
learning the sound
of her voice

Thanks for reminding me.

gabriellebryden said...

Great initiative, but does my head in when I see lots of houses with their lights still on.

Glo said...

Great reminder ~ we have Earth Day coming along here... as the kids say at school "Everyday is Earth Day"! Let's hope it is!

Dark Puss said...

Please join the Campaign for Dark Skies too!

said...

I did a reading comprehension with my Italians about Earth Hour the other day - I'm trying :)

Prasad said...

We should (each & everyone) all participate in earth our then only we can save a little bit of energy. If we can switch off our lights, fans, A/c's and other electrical equipments for at least one hour a week then we can so much of energy.

sarala said...

I always forget! I'll try tonight. I should set an alarm to remind myself.

Howard of Belvedere Mountain Express said...

Athough personally I think Earth Hour is little more than greenwash, I went up the Salisbury Crags (here in Edinburgh) with a group of people to look out over the city and watch the lights going off. Of the various big public buildings, which ones observe Earth Hour? We saw the lights go off at the Castle, and the Balmoral Hotel, and one office or university building, but that was all – a pretty pathetic display!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Howard, I'd say tokenism rather than greenwash! It can however be good for raising awareness; can lead to some reduction in electricity use and can lead onto more significant changes, which is the theme of this years campaign.

We were at home by candlelight this year rather than out and about as we have been in previous years. Those years we have noticed the lack of lights off in public buildings though; but when we've walked back the same route once Earth Hour is over we see more lights must have been switched off than we had first realised. The 'lights required for security' are always left on even during Earth Hour.