19 March 2010

Get ready to turn off your lights WWF Earth Hour 2010 takes place next week


The “global phenomenon” known as Earth Hour is scheduled to take place Saturday, March 27 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time.

Earth Hour is an event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in which individuals, businesses and governments are asked to turn off their non-essential lights and appliances for one hour to show solidarity in the fight against climate change.

“Climate change is the most urgent issue facing our planet today, and we need to unite the world around meaningful action,” said WWF Climate Director Keya Chatterjee. “With a simple flick of the switch, Americans will not only be sending a signal that they want solutions to the climate crisis, but they’ll be helping to turn the lights out on our nation’s dangerous dependency on foreign oil, and an unsustainable economic future. That’s a powerful message that everyone around the world will be able to see bright and clear on March 27th.”

US landmarks such as Mount Rushmore, the Empire State Building, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Harrah’s Caesar Palace will participate in this year’s Earth Hour.

"Earth Hour directly links with Department of Interior and National Park Service priorities,” said Gerard Baker, Mount Rushmore National Memorial Superintendent. “Our stewardship mission is to manage this country's most treasured landscapes unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. This mission is being challenged particularly by climate change. As stewards of our national parks, especially considering the challenges of climate change, we must be visible leaders to demonstrate commitment to energy and water conservation... and to use our parks to teach the public about climate change and the ways citizens can reduce their carbon footprints."

According to the WWF, last year nearly one billion people participated worldwide including 80 million Americans in 318 cities.

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2 comments:

  1. This year I will again not participate in Earth Hour.
    The Aussies started this commendable idea, and being intelligent humans, they chose to show their effectiveness at shutting down lights and using little electricity by selecting Earth Hour to occur during their summer season, when temperatures run to 30C and the sun doesn't set til 9.30 pm.
    The average Aussie will celebrate Earth Day the way he will celebrate the day that preceded it: he will throw a steak on the barbie and relax on the beach with a beer (some activists will paint a few signs and march down a street or two before running off to do the same).
    The joke is on us if we chose our "Earth Hour" to fall in our winter season. Does the Earth really care if we decide to celebrate our Earth Hour on July 12th? That's usually when I decide to grill my steak on the old BBQ and sit in my chair at the lake.
    Let's ALL feel good about knowing we're doing a good thing! Cheers til then!

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  2. Hey buddy, the Earth does not care about you or your steak, nor does Earth Hour and if you really wanna feel good about doing something come and pedal on a bike for one hour see how it feels to generate some electricity to power a concert. The average Aussie is changing! Cheers mate!

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