This Saturday, March 28th a worldwide event is taking place called Earth Hour. The plan is that everyone turns off their lights for 1 hour at 8:30 pm local time.
This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the worlds first global election, between Earth and global warming.
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
This is the third year for Earth Hour, so if you missed the last two (as I did) this is your chance to participate.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Romes Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.
You can watch this video to find out more (it’s about 3 minutes). It’s a little dramatic, but I suppose the situation we are in is also dramatic. And I have to admit it did make me tear up a little bit.[video:youtube:1CRs-7lRlPo]
So, if you want to participate cruise on over to the website and get registered! I did.