March 28th, 2014
Tomorrow from 8:30-9:30 pm will mark the 7th annual Earth Hour, a worldwide lights-out event started by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007. For one hour every year, people around the world turn out their lights to reduce energy and draw attention to climate change.
This one hour a year may not seem like a big deal, but it reduces a whole lot of energy and allows people to rethink the way they treat the planet. In past years, famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Petronas Towers, the Big Ben, and the Pyramids of Giza have gone dark. There has also been tons of celebrity support from stars like actress Jessica Alba, and supermodel Miranda Kerr, and former US Vice President Al Gore.
It all began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 with what was then called “The Big Flick”. The same year San Francisco also held its own “Lights Out” program inspired by the Sydney Earth Hour and then soon decided to back Sydney’s idea thus turning it into a global event.
In Australia (the originator of Earth Hour) the 2014 focus will be on the fragile state of the Great Barrier Reef. Scientists have reports that within the last 27 years, over half the corals in the reef have disappeared. This unfortunate finding is said to be related to the rising acidity levels and increased warming of the ocean.
A great idea to participate in Earth Hour is to host an Earth Hour party at your place. All you need are some friends, some candles, games, and the right mentality. Oh, also…drinks don’t hurt.
This year, about 7000 cities and 154 countries are said to be participating in Earth Hour.
Don’t forget to join in on the annual hour that can help change the state of the world!
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