Earth Hour was inspired by a demonstration in Sydney, Australia on March 31, 2007, when more than 2.2 million Sydney residents and more than 2,100 businesses switched off lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour to make a powerful statement about the leading contributor to global warming: coal-fired electricity.
That single hour accounted for a 10.2 percent reduction in energy consumption across the city. Global icons such as the Sydney Opera House went dark, weddings were held by candlelight, and the world took notice. This famous demonstration led to the World Wildlife Fund creating and organizing Earth Hour globally.
Since then Earth Hour has grown. In 2012, 128 countries and territories joined the global cause of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks on every continent but Antarctica, and people from nearly every nation and walk of life, switched off to show their support.
The Purpose of Earth Hour, obviously, is to inspire people to reduce their energy consumption every day, not by sitting in the dark for an hour each night, but by taking simple steps that can have a dramatic effect. Some energy saving tips I found are;
* Turn off or unplug computers, televisions, cell-phone chargers, microwave ovens, and other appliances and electrical devices when they’re not in use instead of leaving them on standby.
* Heat only the rooms you use regularly
* Switch to energy efficient light bulbs
* Turn off lights as soon as you leave the room, even if it is just for a minute
On Saturday, March 31st participate in Earth Hour and make a difference. From 8:30PM until 9:30 PM (local time) refrain from using any form of electricity. If everyone participated, think of the impact it would have.
West, L. (n.d.). What is Earth Hour. Retrieved March 22, 2012, from