On March 31, 2012 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm local time, people from all over the world will take part in Earth Hour (click here to watch video), an important event that demonstrates that even small steps, when taken on a large scale, can make a difference. Earth Hour is a global event organized by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. Earth Hour was conceived by WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney’s lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008.
In honor of Earth Hour, we will be switching off our office lights and unplugging non-essential equipment for one hour on Saturday, March 31st at 8:30 pm local time.* You may want to do this at home as well, and ask your family and friends to do the same; and you may want to encourage your community residents as well.
*Never turn off any lights or power that would in any way compromise the safety of any individual in a private or public space; please put safety first when deciding what lights to turn off!