This Saturday between 8:30-9:30pm the lights in more 5,000 cities worldwide will go dark. No, it’s not a power problem–yet. These cities choose to go dark in honor of Earth Hour, an event which aims to raise awareness about climate change. The very first Earth Hour was held in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Six years later this event has quickly become an annual worldwide stand against climate change enticing 1.8 billion people in 135 countries to participate. While the official event is only one hour the goal is to support our planet for many years to come.
This year a number of landmark will be participating including the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa among many others. The 2012 Earth Hour will be organized through the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). You can participate on Saturday in two ways:
1) Turn off your lights between 8:30-9:30pm. You can do this whatever your time zone.
2) Show your solidarity by shutting your site off during Earth Hour. This can be easily done through the WordPress plugin from BraveNewCode. During this time the Earth Hour logo will be displayed on your site. Installing the plugin before the event also provides a small, customizable bar to demonstrate your participation and tell more people about Earth Hour.
ASES will be participating in Earth Hour 2012 and we hope you will join us to bring attention to this much needed cause. You can also learn more about climate change at WREF 2012. Click here to register.