Earth Hour Goes Global on Saturday

March 28, 2008 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Go Green During Earth HourEarth Hour, started by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) last year in Sydney, Australia, goes global this Saturday, as millions of people in over 200 cities worldwide power down and turn off their electricity for one hour, beginning at 8:00 p.m. local time, to voice their concern about climate change and global warming. It’s the largest voluntary global power down in history; even such icons as the Sears Tower in Chicago, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Sydney Opera House will power down, while all 485 McDonalds in the Greater Chicago area will turn off their golden arches. Will you join in the WWF’s goal of reducing annual emissions by five percent?

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, as Seen from Point Reyes

Starting in Christchurch, New Zealand; Earth Hour will travel through 14 time zones and at least 10 countries, wrapping up in San Francisco. Other North American cities participating include Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Montreal, Ottawa, Phoenix, Toronto and Vancouver.

Nellie Furtado in Manchester, England, 2007Canada has one of the highest participation rates, with over 150 cities powering down. Landmarks such as the CN Tower, Niagara Falls and all City of Vancouver buildings have signed on for Earth Hour, and Nelly Furtado will perform a free celebratory concert at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square which will be powered by a green company, Bullfrog Power. (Bullfrog sources its energy from wind and water rather than carbon sources such as coal and oil.) You can watch energy demand go down with kilowatt counters at Vancouver City Hall, the University of British Columbia and at Hartley Bay, BC. (During the first Earth Hour in Sydney, the goal was to save five percent on energy usage for the day; the actual savings were 10.3 percent. If the one hour were sustained for a year, it would be equal to taking over 48,000 cars off the road for a year.)

 

International cities pledged to participate include Bangkok, Bogota, Copenhagen, Dublin, Haifa, Manila and Tel Aviv.

MySpace, Google, The Weather Channel, the Environmental Protection Agency, Cox Enterprises, the National Education Association and the American Bird Conservancy are some of the organizations participating. U.S. sponsors include Hewlett-Packard, National Geographic and esurance; Canadian sponsors include the Toronto Star and Virgin Mobile.

Have some fun reducing your human footprint: read a book by candlelight or take time for friends and family, go star-gazing or simply sit on your deck and enjoy the sound of silence.

Watch “Earth to America,” a Blue Man video about global warming, or learn more at

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3 Responses to “Earth Hour Goes Global on Saturday”

  1. cabman on March 31st, 2008 8:57 pm

    As posted:
    Earth Hour, started by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) last year in Sydney, Australia, goes global this Saturday, as millions of people in over 200 cities worldwide power down and turn off their electricity for one hour, beginning at 8:00 p.m. local time, to voice their concern about climate change and global warming. >

    Reply:

    I just turned over in my bed.I feel that was a statement enought.

    Meanwhile-outside, ten bikers with loud pipes, two semis gearing down, and four rednecks with glasspack truck mufflers kept me awake. I turned on WSM and found NASCAR on. I went ouside on my deck and heard two people on ATVs blowing through some field. I think it is too late to worry about global warming.

    Which will start to shut down critical ocean flows and bring on another ice age. Too bad I will be long gone and not get to hear some U2 type band do a relief concert before freezing solid, as will the bikers. Justice!

    cabman

  2. pajamadeen on March 31st, 2008 10:28 pm

    Too funny! You write so well. ah, NASCAR – not! WHY is NASCAR considered so all-American? I don’t get it. Is it the fact that people consume huge amounts of gas, while being cheered on, gladiator style, by crowds hoping to see a blood-and-guts wreck? Is it the fact that these people drive endlessly, hour after hour, in a circle, accomplishing nothing?

    Not to worry about the Ice Age. If you’re gone, you’ll no doubt be in heaven, smiling down and laughing. Hopefully, you won’t get reincarnated just in time for an Ice Age.

  3. pajamadeen on March 31st, 2008 10:29 pm

    P.S. – Another irony. John McCain is the only candidate not squabbling. His ads have taken over this blog. They’re _everywhere_!