This coming Saturday (28 March 2009), I will be joining people from around the globe in switching off, going off the grid, unplugging from the mainframe – participating in Earth Hour 2009.
“Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday March 28, 2009 at 8:30pm to show their support for action on climate change.”
It’s a symbolic gesture, of course – just one hour of not using electricity isn’t going to save the planet right away – but what’s important here is the awareness that it brings to issues of sustainability and greener living.
We human beans are using up far more resources than the earth can currently replenish and unless we start making some radical changes in that department, we’re likely to be in for a rather rocky ride down the line.
And symbolism seems to be working. The first Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007 – and 2 million people turned out their lights. In 2008, over 50 million people around the world did the same.
This year, we have the opportunity to be part of something huge – and prepare to flick the switch with 1 billion others who’re starting to make a difference.
So, pledge your support now, and wherever you are at 8.30pm this Saturday, switch off those lights and enjoy an hour of gazing up at the night sky, or eating by candlelight, and knowing you are participating in something amazing.