Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2008 is 48 hours away. On March 29th at 8pm (your local time), you are encouraged to turn off all of your lights and non-essential energy usage.

Earth Hour was started with an unprecendented event in Sydney, Australia on March 31st, 2007. On that day over 2.2 million people and 2100 businesses decided to turn off their lights for 1 hour. During this hour they realized an amazing 10.2% energy reduction for the city of Sydney.

This year the event turns global. Cities from all over the world and the U.S. are participating:

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So what are you going to do while your lights are off for one hour of one day? Well, it may be a little to late to organize a human pedal-powered rock show as they are doing in Tel Aviv. But you could start planning one for next year. The Daily Green offers some excellent ideas for activities during this hour.

Join the over 250 million individuals and businesses already signed up to participate in Earth Hour 2008 and switch your lights off for an hour.

What can I do after Earth Hour is over?

Earth Hour is an effective way for individuals to come together to make a large impact but can we sustain the event as individuals? Could you have an Earth Hour once a month? How about once a week? How about 5 days a week? Could turning the lights off for 1 hour each day during the week be a good way to help get the kids into bed? Could it be a good way to reduce distractions and increase communications with other members of your household? Maybe daily is too difficult. How about a once a month Earth Night? On a wekend night you could take the kids and camp out in the back yard.

The choices of what you do to reduce your energy consuption are yours. However, choose to do something. If all else fails, try following Eco Rule #1.
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