Earth Hour is a global call to action to stand up, take responsibility, and lead the global journey to a sustainable future.
It began in Sydney, Australia on March 31, 2007 when 2.2 million individuals and 2,100 businesses turned off their power from 7:30-8:30 as a voluntary sign of their commitment to fight climate change and to save the planet. In 2012, Earth Hour broke records and cemented itself as the largest voluntary action for the environment with more than 6,950 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories taking part.
It’s true, the world is facing some of the most critical environmental challenges in her history. But it’s not an impossible fight. The shared voices of people all over the world, shout the commitment to bettering her future, finding new ways to fight climate change, to discover and use cleaner fuel sources, and stop ravaging the planet. Turning off your lights and unplugging your electronic devices for an hour may seem like such a small thing, but it is uniting the people of the world to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world.
While Earth Hour is not an energy/carbon reduction exercise and a single hour may only seem like a drop in the bucket, we are helping save resources. Especially if we take action beyond the hour. It is a reminder to “take accountability for our ecological footprint and engage in dialogue and resource exchange that provides real solutions to our environmental challenges.”
Earth Hour will be held today, Saturday, March 23, 2013, 8:30-9:30; wherever you are in the world.
Have you taken the pledge yet? I’d love to hear how you’re taking action beyond the hour. Share your commitment in the comments to below!