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Earth Hour: Will You Turn Off Your Lights?

At 8:30 p.m. local time in more than 80 countries, an estimated 1 billion people will turn off their lights. Will you be one of them?

Earth hour is almost upon us. Will you be going dark at 8:30 p.m.?

Earth Hour is a global World Wildlife Fund initiative that began in Sydney, Aulstralia in 2007, when 2 million people switched off their lights. In 2008, more than 50 million people all over the world took part in the action, according to Earth Hour's website. In 2009 almost 1 billion people worldwide switched off their lights. By 2011, Earth Hour involved 135 countries with more than 1.8 billion people participating.

In countries and on continents where the hour has already occurred, hundreds of world landmarks from Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to the Great Wall of China went dark earlier today.

Earth Hour is held on the last Saturday of March every year, and began as a Sydney-only event in 2007. The Sydney Opera House was dimmed again this year.

The goal is to inspire people to reduce their energy consumption every day, not by sitting in the dark for an hour each night, but by taking simple steps that can have a dramatic effect.

Here are a few examples of how to support Earth Hour year long:

  • Switch to energy-efficient CFL or LED lights instead of traditional incandescent bulbs. Lighting accounts for about 5 percent of residential greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Turn off or unplug computers, televisions, cell-phone chargers, microwave ovens, and other appliances and electrical devices when they’re not in use instead of leaving them on standby.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room or finish work for the day.
  • Encourage your company to shut off lights and unused appliances when no one is working.
  • Heat only the rooms you use regularly.
  • Use less hot water.
Rob April 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Global warning,endless wars and country after country going bankrupt are all coming into play in a effort to force a one world government.A new world order. Being that it`s easy to see how endless wars and burying countries in debt could of been orchestrated.Doesn`t it add up that global warming could be trumped up also? Wake up people.There is much more going on here than meets the eye.
Rob April 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM
The tab for U.N.’s Rio summit: Trillions per year in taxes, transfers and price hikes April 20, 2012 FoxNews.com The upcoming United Nations environmental conference on sustainable development will consider a breathtaking array of carbon taxes, transfers of trillions of dollars from wealthy countries to poor ones, and new spending programs to guarantee that populations around the world are protected from the effects of the very programs the world organization wants to implement, according to stunning U.N. documents examined by Fox News. The main goal of the much-touted, Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, scheduled to be held in Brazil from June 20-23, and which Obama Administration officials have supported, is to make dramatic and enormously expensive changes in the way that the world does nearly everything—or, as one of the documents puts it, "a fundamental shift in the way we think and act." Among the proposals on how the “challenges can and must be addressed,” according to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: --More than $2.1 trillion a year in wealth transfers from rich countries to poorer ones, in the name of fostering “green infrastructure, ” “climate adaptation” and other “green economy” measures. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/04/20/tab-for-uns-rio-summit-trillions-per-year-in-taxes-transfers-and-price-hikes/#ixzz1sgACkimS
Rob April 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM
In case anyone thought this was some kind of right wing movement,it`s not. DEMOCRATS AGAINST U. N. AGENDA 21 Have you wondered where these terms 'sustainability' and 'smart growth' and 'high density urban mixed use development' came from? Doesn't it seem like about 10 years ago you'd never heard of them and now everything seems to include these concepts? Is that just a coincidence? That every town and county and state and nation in the world would be changing their land use/planning codes and government policies to align themselves with...what? http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/
Mrs. W. July 06, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I'm with ya "M."
Mrs. W. July 06, 2012 at 06:24 PM
What? It's so hard to read your posts due to your poor grammar.

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