On Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM local time, we will be taking part in Earth Hour – a global event in which millions of people will turn out their lights to make a statement of concern about our planet and climate change.
Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour got started just two years ago and is now the largest event of its kind in the world. Las year, more than 50 million participated and the lights went out at the Empire Stat Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the Coliseum in Rome, just to name a few. Even Google’s homepage went black for the day. In Israel, President Shimon Peres personally turned off lights in Tel Aviv.
This year, Earth Day will be even bigger-already over 250 cities in 74 countries have agreed to take part including Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Nashville with more signing up every day. Around the world cities like Moscow, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai and Mexico City will turn out their lights.
But Earth Hour isn’t just for big cities-anyone can participate. It is easy, fun and free. We hope you will join us for this amazing event. To sign up visit http://www.earthhourUS.org , where you’ll learn more about Earth Hour, plus creative things you can do when the lights go out in case you need inspiration.