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Support Earth Hour 2009

March 25th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Support Earth Hour 2009

Earth Hour logo

Earth Hour is global environmental advocacy event held every last Saturday of March and which encourages participating individuals and businesses worldwide to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour. The purpose of the event is clear: “to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.”

First held in Sydney, Australia, the event was originally started by the World Wildlife Fund (Australia) and the Sydney Morning Herald. Earth Hour achieved phenomenal worldwide support in 2008 with 400 cities in 35 countries and approximately 50 million people participating in last year’s event. The stated goal of Earth Hour 2009 is 1 billion people from across the globe switching off their lights as part of a “global vote” for the planet.

The energy reduction achieved in both the 2007 and 2008 are quite significant. Here are a few examples:

  • Bangkok, Thailand – decreased consumption by 73.34 megawatts which in a one hour period translate to a reduction of 41.6 tonned of carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates – the city’s utility company reported a decrease of 100 megawatts in energy consumption.
  • Sydney, Australia – the city reduced consumption by 10.2% in 2007 and 8.4% in 2008.

Impressive as these numbers are, they pale in comparison to the actual energy consumption per hour worldwide, mere droplets in a huge bucket. I think the main purpose of Earth Hour is primarily to raise awareness and make people realize that we’re all in this together, and in this, Earth Hour is quite successful. No one is immune from climate change.

Watch Earth Hour 2009 Video

Your Light Switch Is Your Vote and Your Vote Counts

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country youโ€™re from, but instead, what planet youโ€™re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour will take place this Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 8:30pm – 9:30pm local time. This year, 82 countries and over 2100 cities worldwide have pledged their support for Earth Hour. They’ve taken it, indeed, to the next level – this is gonna be big.

Please participate. Tell your children, your family, friends, and neighbors about it. Make a video about it and post it in YouTube. Post this article in your Facebook update. Start an Earth Hour group in MySpace or wherever you internet tribe is. Even if you’re the only one switching off your lights this Saturday in your neighborhood, or city, or country – just do it. Your single vote/action counts.

For more information on how you can help or join the Earth Hour 2009 movement, please visit:

Media credits:

  • Earth Hour logo courtesy of www.earthhour.org

Tags: Environment

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Purely Products // Mar 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    What a great event. I’m letting our local city officials know about this today (it may be a little late) but it’s worth a shot. People can make a bigger diffence by using compact fluorescent lights only and not incandescents the entire year. I do believe this event is such a simple way to help people open their eyes to what’s going on around us. I will join in this year, & I hope many others do also!!

  • 2 Online Shopping // Mar 30, 2009 at 2:11 am

    This is my first year participating in earth hour and it’s not as difficult as i thought.My country even have events outside to gather all those people that supports the earth hour to have some picnics and entertainments!

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  • 4 Eecia // Apr 3, 2009 at 11:19 pm

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