Earth Hour is the single, biggest, global call to action on climate change ever seen. It is a highly “visible” symbolic act that everyone can easily join—all you need to do is turn off your lights for one hour from 8:30PM to 9:30PM tomorrow night, March 27, 2010.
Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination by becoming a global phenomenon. Earth Hour 2009 inspired one Billion people in 4100 cities and 88 countries to switch off. Over 10 Million Filipinos in 647 towns, cities and municipalities joined in–more than anywhere else on Earth. This year Earth Hour Philippines aims for the participation of over 15 Million Filipinos in over 1000 towns and cities nationwide. Globally, 807 cities, towns and cities in 82 countries across every continent have already signed up.*
Thinking of fun things to do during Earth Hour? Here are some of the polite suggestions from WWF:
- Invite your friends over for a candlelit dinner.
- Get those board games out and have some fun seeing how easily you can swap your scrabble counters in the dark!
- Go for a walk. Lie down. Look up. In all of that which you’ll then see, we only have the thing you’re lying on to call home. Cherish it.
- Do something “crafty” by candlelight: paint, mould, stick, knit, quilt, or paint…
- Got kids? Get out the camping gear! Set up a tent and tell fantastical stories of a time when the earth had no artificial lights and strange things went more than just BUMP! in the dark…
…or plan a few harmless April Fool’s Day pranks in advance.
As we aspire for better health for ourselves with running and even extend help to others by joining races for charities, why not do something as simple as turning off our lights for an hour for the Earth? The reduction on your power bill may not be as significant as the “inconvenience” it may cause, but hey, if you can, why not?