Earth Hour is a global event that takes place this year on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time in cities around the world.
Why Earth Hour?
Some see it as a political act against the big energy companies and oil cartels. Others power down during Earth Hour to strike a blow in the battle against carbon emissions and global warming. Millions more will take part as a sort of "test run" for when non-renewable energy resources ultimately begin to dwindle in the not-too-distant future.
During Earth Hour, individuals and businesses across the planet will turn off their lights for one hour, demonstrating that by working together, we can all make a difference.
Earth Hour is a World Wildlife Fund initiative that has grown from a single event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. The inaugural event resulted in a 10.2 percent energy reduction in Sydney alone, the equivalent of taking 48,000 cars off the road.
The movement has since grown into a global phenomenon and in 2016 is set to take place across six continents and in more than 4,000 cities and towns worldwide. With the growing number of international cities participating this year, Earth Hour is poised to become one of the largest voluntary power downs in history.
Earth Hour 2016
During Earth Hour 2016, some of America's most famous skylines, including those in New York City, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco, will go dark for one hour in a dramatic call for action on climate change and energy conservation. Earth Hour also helps to raise awareness of household energy consumption and what we can do to help reduce,
"Daring the world to save the planet." How you can help:
A block party, candlelight dinner, or a neighborhood parade are just some of the ways you can bring friends and neighbors together to celebrate Earth Hour.
E-mail colleagues and employers to tell them about what you are doing and request that they help spread the word, as well.
Get local schools involved in the effort by alerting your local PTA, school principals, and teachers to ask how they might help in teaching community children the importance of Earth Hour, and how it brings awareness of energy conservation to millions of people around the world.
In recent years, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have also helped raised awareness across the globe about active participation in the cause.
On the Web, learn more about Earth Hour and what you can do in your city to help raise awareness about global warming, energy conservation, along with steps everybody can take right now to make the planet more livable :
Hour - The official site, with the complete schedule of cities going dark this year plus information on related concerts, events and happenings worldwide.
- Earth Hour Australia - The initiative Down Under that started it all, with information on other ways to act or volunteer to protect and preserve the natural environment.
Hour - Wikipedia - Excellent overview with a complete history that led up to the event, information on how it grew and the current movement along with related references and resources.