3.26.2011

March 26, 2011

White Dog and the rest of White Dog Army helped us get ready. The candles are set for lighting. We have the blinds open to take advantage of a lovely night and the moon and the ambient light that comes from living in an urban space. We are prepared to show our support.

At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour.

With Earth Hour almost upon us, our thoughts are with the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging and sad time for their country.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. 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.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

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.

Earth Hour has done a lot to raise awareness of sustainability issues. But there’s more to it than switching off lights for one hour once a year. It’s all about giving people a voice and working together to create a better future for our planet.

Please join us. If not tonight then make a special moment of your own! Thank you.

11 comments:

meowmeowmans said...

Awesome. Hopefully, awareness of Earth Hour and other events will continue to grow. You are absolutely right ... we all need to work together to take care of our planet and create a better future.

Bailey Be Good! said...

I didn't know about Earth Hour. Thank you for sharing!

Woofs & hugs,

~Bailey

Teddy Bear said...

This sounds pawesome! We will do our part tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing with us.:)

Love,
Teddy Bear

Ginger Jasper said...

I think more and more of us who care are trying to do a little bit to make our earth a better place. Turning of lights and appliances is a very good thing and there are many more, now if only we can reach more and try to create that better world for our generations to come. Earth Hour is a great start. Hugs GJ xx

Brian said...

We love our earth and we hope everyone learns to take very good care of it. Thanks for doing your part!!!

Asta said...

Thank you so much fow telling us about this pawsome movement. I salute the white dog awmy. We pway fow the hoomans and fuwwkids in Japan and will be having ouw own way of celebwating.
smoochie kisses
ASTA

rottrover said...

We didn't know about Earth Hour either. We will do something ths week and will use your reminder to just be more aware of our impact on the earth...

Hansel said...

what a great thing! we didn't know about Earth Hour, and sad to say we didn't participate because we didn't know. We were watching some horrible movie on Syfy that probably could've been avoided...

Mack said...

We didn't know about Earth Hour. What a fantastic idea. We are still in shock over what happened in Japan.

Sugars,
Mack

Sagira said...

Your family is so thoughtful and always trying to help out. We need more people and pups like you in the world. :)

ForPetsSake said...

I will! I'm disappointed that I missed this universal event, but we will have to think of something to do here.