Tonight, I’ll be unplugging the extension cord that runs from my van to my neighbour’s outdoor socket. I’m doing my part in saving energy. That, and they cut off power to the outlet.
8:30PM is Earth Hour. It’s an hour where people all across the world turn off their lights/appliances to “Vote Earth” and do their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.
Some businesses in the community will also be taking part, such as Edit Shoppe downtown. Joanne is even offering her customers a chance to win between 10 – 30% off their purchase today for mentioning what time Earth hour runs from!
I encourage anyone who can to switch off for 60 minutes and Vote Earth. Take a picture, record a video, write a blog post or update your Twitter status (tag posts with “earthhour” and/or “voteearth”). The goal this year is to reach 1 billion people taking part and recording their vote.