Remember when the world turned off its lights last year to raise awareness about global warming and the need for energy efficiency? Earth Hour‘s back again and all of us at Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels are having lots of fun supporting it!
On Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m., the World Wildlife Fund calls for you to turn off your lights for 1 hour “to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions.”
Now, it might seem like turning off the lights won’t really do anything. But as a symbolic action, it goes a pretty long way. And as landmarks, businesses, retailers, restaurants, hotels, schools, museums, parks, theater marquees and households turned off their lights for one hour in 2008, the Chicagoland region reported an electricity savings of 7 percent – the carbon emissions equivalent of taking 1 million cars off the road for one hour or planting 158 acres of trees!
Many of the major cities in the world are signed up for participation–and the lights are even going out at major landmarks including the Sears Tower, Google’s homepage, Rome’s Coliseum, the Sydney Opera House and Coca-Cola’s billboard in Times Square. If nothing else, seeing the lights out at all of these places, as well as dark neighborhoods and dimmer skylines, will prompt a conversation–short and long. Even if a minority of the population gets something out of this, it’s a result that will have a great impact.
And you don’t just have to sit around the house with the lights off–though you can make that fun with a candlelight dinner! Visit the Earth Hour website to see how your city is participating. http://www.earthhour.org/home/