March 27, 2009

Earth Hour

Turn out. Take action.
Be part of this historic event.
March 28, 2009, 8:30 pm local time

World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions.

For more information, click here.

Did you know that:

if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.


  1. Our school participated in this today (since obviously we won't be in school tomorrow night). We kept the lights off as much as possible and many of us wore black (to remind us "not to be scared of the dark"!). I posted a link to some pictures on our school website:

    Great fun and very worthwhile!


  2. I can do this!! But I will have a candle ready to light so I can read!!

  3. I was thinking the same thing as Staci. LOL Thanks for the reminder, Les.

  4. I heard about this on our local news last night. Parts of me want to say, "Too little, too late" but that's rather defeatist, is it not?! I'm willing and eager to do what I can to save our planet, and I'm trying not to feel hopeless about it in the process.

  5. We were out this evening so our home was all dark for more than an hour. One thing I always try to do is keep electronics unplugged when not in use. Apparently that's also a big energy waste. So that's an easy way to do a little bit for the environment.

  6. Tammy - What a great idea to have the school participate a day early. I'm sure all the kids went home and got their parents motivated for the actual event. Thanks for sharing the pics from your school's website. I love the one of the student reading by the window.

    Staci - Hope you had a good time reading by candlelight. We were watching a movie, but had all the outside lights off as well, so it was very dark!

    Literary Feline - You're welcome. Hope you had a cozy evening.

    Bellezza - I understand your feeling about "too little, too late," but I figure what can it hurt. Sure it's a symbolic gesture, but I think it was well-received. Check out the link to the website I posted in the original blog entry and see some of the pictures from around the world. Quite amazing.

    Iliana - I've started unplugging unused electronics, too. Drives my husband crazy to wait for his toast to pop up, only to realize the toaster's unplugged. ;) I also unplug my phone charger when I'm not using it. And turn off my computer and printer when I'm at work or asleep. I think every little bit helps.


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