Earth Hour 2011 – Do It Because We Care!!
Earth Hour 2011!
It’s time to turn your lights off at 8.30 – 9.30 pm on March 26 2011!
What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is a global event organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. Earth Hour was conceived by WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights.
Following Sydney’s lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30PM (local time). This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up.
Why is it matter?
To do something massive and global like tackling climate change, we need inspiration, we need new ways of thinking, we need to feel like a big global community whilst doing positive things locally. To make a real impact, we need to clean up our whole energy system and stop wasting energy through poorly insulated homes.
Here are Suzy’s questions to get you thinking. To be your own slow coach for one hour on 26 March ask yourself the following:
- If 100 miles an hour is top speed in your engine – what speed do you usually travel?
- What would have to change in your life (more childcare, more support from the boss, better systems in place – direct debits/weekly babysitter, and so on) for you to change gear and slow down every now and again?
- What are you trying to prove by driving so fast in life?
- How bad does it have to get before you give yourself permission to slow down?
- When during your day/week/year would be a good time to regularly change gear, slow down, switch off and try a different pace/have a pit stop?
TAKE YOUR LITTLE ACTION TO MAKE A BETTER WORLD!