From London to Sydney, New York, Jakarta and Singapore, people across the world will be joining the Earth Hour 2012 challenge by turning off their lights for one hour on March 31, from 8:30 p.m. your local time to 9:30 p.m.
The World Wildlife Fund started Earth Hour in 2007, and since then millions have chimed in to help stop climate change and take real action for the environment.
Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and communities (and probably your town or city and state) are participating in Earth Hour 2012. Among the many sites, lights will go out here:
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Great Pyramids of Giza
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Big Ben & Houses of Parliament in London
- Sydney Opera House
- Manchester United
- Brooklyn Bridge
- Harrah’s Casinos
- Wells Fargo
- Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
- Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA
- Bloomberg News
- All Fairmont hotels and resorts
- Illinois’ Capitol building and governor’s mansion
- United States Marine Corps
- UN Headquarters
- Las Vegas Strip
- and thousands more organizations, schools
- businesses, hotels, churches
- states, cities, landmarks
- and individuals . . . .
Watch an amazing video of Earth Hour “lights out” activities
For the first time, Earth Hour will extend to the International Space Station, where ESA astronaut and WWF ambassador Andre Kuipers will keep watch over our planet as the lights switch off on 31 March, sharing photos and live commentary of his experience via the European Space Agency (ESA).
Humans are consuming resources at a faster rate than ecosystems can regenerate them--we currently use the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of natural resources. From melting sea ice in the Arctic to a deforestation disaster in the Amazon, coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef to a drought-induced famine in the Horn of Africa, it’s time to do something about it.
Go to EarthHour.org to watch fun and inspiring videos and photos, and to find out what will be happening on Earth Hour day. You might also sign up for one of the “I Will If You Will” challenges—tons of celebrities are involved.
Karen Misuraca is the author of several guidebooks, including Backroads of the California Wine Country; Backroads of the California Coast, and the newly released 8th edition of Fun with the Family Northern California. Check out Karen's new iPhone app, California Coast North.