Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"Earth Hour 2008" Event brings Global Awareness to Global Warming

Earth Hour is a grassroots event that started in Sydney, Australia on March 31, 2007, to bring about awareness about energy conservation and global warming. Everyone participating is asked to turn off all un-necessary appliances, lights, and other consumers of electricity for one measly hour, to make a statement about how we, as global citizens, can help reduce our environmental challenges.

The 2007 event resulted in 2.2 million Sydney residents and 2,100 businesses participating. Although this may at first seem like somewhat of a trivial activity, the event resulted in a 10.2% decrease in energy consumption for Sydney that day.

Earth Hour is March 29th, 2008 8:00 PM

For 2008, this event has become a global movement, sponsored by the World Wildlife Federation, with close to a quarter million registered participants across the world. Several other organizations have formed events revolving around this main one, including the National Dark Sky Association, who has designated March 29-April 4, 2008 for the 2008 National Dark-Sky Week Celebration.

To take part in the Earth Hour event, no action is necessary, other than turning off electricity on March 29th, 2008 at 8:00 pm (in your local time zone), although if you would like to be official, simple registration is available at

You can read much more at, and read about the National Dark-sky Week Celebration at

Help make a significant global statement this year by participating!


sky said...

Namaste' Scott , YAY ! thanks for posting about this on your blog :0)

I do this on a daily basis, this earth hour thing and you know what it's FUN to do!!!! I want people to know it can become something as a part of your lifestyle too, not just a yearly thing, although I am glad to see it become one officially.

Have your own pesonal earth hour party throughout the year, invite people over it is amazing when you get a little room full of people together and there are candles everywhere including the hanging ones and you have some munchies, sparkling apple cider and only stories and hearts to share. It is Wicked wild!


Scott said...

Namaste' Sky! Regarding Earth Hour, it was a candlelit evening here too. It was exciting - my town was not listed as one of the registered cities, but I looked out my window, and my neighbors lights were off too. I also began to wonder, "why not make it a monthly event, or weekly, or???" A small event can trigger many small events, which become large events and can change the world. I am interested in finding some statistics on worldwide participation, energy reduction, etc...

Thanks for your comments, Sky!