Tomorrow is Earth Hour! If you haven’t heard about it already, it’s an event organized by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) to encourage awareness of climate change. It’s easy to participate too — just turn off your lights between 8pm and 9pm. Really, that’s it! You can turn off more if you like, of course. I don’t know about other countries, but I know that here in Canada a lot of cities are officially getting in on the act too, and turning off or reducing the lighting in many public buildings and landmarks — places like Niagara Falls and the CN Tower.
What can turning the lights off for a mere hour do? Well here’s a quote from the event’s Facebook page:
“Last year, on 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney (Australia) businesses turned off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour. This massive collective effort reduced Sydney’s energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour, which is the equivalent effect of taking 48,616 cars off the road for a year.”
Just a bit more proof that small things can make a difference. So why not turn your lights off for an hour tomorrow evening and have a late dinner by candlelight, or go for a walk and see if the stars are any clearer?