Earth Hour—3/29 at 8 p.m.

March 27, 2008 at 3:24 pm 10 comments


On March 31 2007, for one hour, Sydney made a powerful statement about the greatest contributor to global warming – coal-fired electricity – by turning off its lights. Over 2.2 million Sydney residents and over 2,100 businesses switched off, leading to a 10.2% energy reduction across the city. What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world.

In 2008, 24 global cities will participate in Earth Hour at 8pm on March 29. Earth Hour is the highlight of a major campaign to encourage businesses, communities and individuals to take the simple steps needed to cut their emissions on an ongoing basis. It is about simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty, to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby.

What Is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour, run by WWF, the conservation organisation, is a global climate change initiative which calls on individuals and businesses around the world, to turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday March 29 2008 between 8 pm and 9pm.

The aim of the campaign is to express that individual action on a mass scale can help change our planet for the better.

The event itself will clearly demonstrate in participating cities, the connection between energy usage and climate change, showing that we as broader community can address the biggest threat our planet has ever faced.

What do I need to do on the night?

The most important thing to do on the night is turn off your lights between 8pm and 9pm. There will also be events held on the night, check back later for event updates.

Does this mean I have to turn of everything in my home and use absolutely no electricity?

Not at all. The main point of this campaign is to show people and companies how easy it is to take action to avoid global warming. This does not mean you have to turn off your fridge, but we do encourage you to join us by switching off your lights and make a statement, as well as changing your habits in the long term.

Participating Cities

Aarhus Adelaide Atlanta Bangkok Brisbane Canberra Chicago Christchurch Copenhagen Dublin Manila Melbourne Montreal Odense Ottawa Perth Phoenix San Francisco Suva and Lautoka Sydney Tel Aviv Toronto Vancouver*

header2.gifThis is being sponsored in part by the World Wildlife Federation International. The rest of the worth-reading FAQs can be found here. One Q I have, rhetorical, is why on earth isn’t New York on this list? Not that we in Forest Hills can’t go ahead on our own and participate anyway—everyone, anywhere, can and should; what’s one hour? You can sign up on the site or just do it. But I’m suprised that NYC is sitting this one out, with all her lights brightly shining.

*See, too, Wikipedia entry on this, which includes a more updated list of cities and what have been the criticisms of Earth Hour.


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    • 1. Darling Range Perth Hills Information Directory  |  March 27, 2008 at 6:20 pm

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    • 2. joe  |  March 28, 2008 at 8:42 am

      Oh please!

    • 3. karbeth  |  March 28, 2008 at 9:00 am

      I hear you Joe. This event has a certain self-sanctimonious quality to it, but I also like the idea of raising people’s awareness in their homes. Some people are religious about turning out lights in empty rooms, but that is usually to save money, the price of oil being what it is. One of the goals of this is to add an extra dimension to the thought process.

      I also find it interesting that this started in Sydney, which has been suffering a drought for almost a decade now, and there are all sorts of water conservation measures in place. I was there last summer, and I was surprised at how benign the measures were, as if the pols. were afraid of asking people to make a real sacrifice (just like in the States). So to see these things coming from nonprofits and ultimately from people, where there’s no political opportunism at play, is a good thing.

    • 4. Lizard  |  March 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm

      I had the same question. Why isn’t NYC officially participating? I sent a letter to Bloomberg’s office but haven’t heard a peep back. It’s surprising, especially since there are so many environmental efforts being undertaken under his administration.

      Maybe they’re all too focused on winning the congestion pricing bill.

    • 5. karbeth  |  March 28, 2008 at 3:23 pm

      “Maybe they’re all too focused on winning the congestion pricing bill.”

      Wouldn’t that be ironic!

    • 6. Dianne Deas  |  March 28, 2008 at 6:36 pm

      I think it is a great opportunity to teach our children how to conserve. I hope it grows and that we even do it more than once a year, spring and fall maybe?

    • 7. Monique Krulick  |  March 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm

      I told my sisters about this and we are all participating. One is going to bed, the other lighting candles and trying to be romantic, the other building a fire with the family and I am wearing my head flashlight and reading for an hour.

    • 8. Anne  |  March 31, 2008 at 12:41 pm

      NY1 reported that the Empire State Building went dark for an hour, but I was unable to find that information on their site, although there was a blurb about the event itself. Other than that and this site, I saw nothing about Earth Hour in any other media. My suggestion is that we all make a note in our calendars for next March to get a jump on this — spread the message and promote it next year. It is a very good idea.

    • 9. karbeth  |  March 31, 2008 at 8:49 pm

      Agree–if we start early, we can help NY be part of it, whether officially or not.

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