Even small efforts can make a big difference, especially when it comes to the environment. Are you willing to make a small change? Are you ready to make a big difference? Then mark your calendars and set your alarms for this Saturday, March 19th, from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. local time (whatever time that is for you).
When those alarms sound, it’s time to turn off the lights. Literally. It’s called Earth Hour, a movement that encourages individuals, communities, households, and businesses to turn off all non-essential lights for one hour. This includes overhead lights in rooms (whether it is your house or a business), outdoor lighting, decorative lights, signs for advertising, desk lamps, and so on.
Sir Francis Bacon once said that, “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” It’s a statement that olds true both figuratively and literally.
Earth Hour is a campaign for anyone and everyone who wants to make this planet better, providing inspiration to rally people to the reality of climate change and start a dialogue about what we as individuals can do to help address one of the greatest problems facing our planet today.
If you plan on burning candles, use 100% beeswax candles or soy candles, which are smoke free, non-toxic, non-allergenic, and carbon neutral. Use candles under adult supervision, keep them away from pets and children, and do not leave them unattended. You may keep on lights that impact safety.
The World Wildlife Fund created Earth Hour back in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. In 2007, there was still a degree of skepticism and denial about the issue of climate change. More than 2.2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses turned their lights out for one hour in the first Earth Hour event. A record-breaking 172 countries and territories took part in Earth Hour 2015, with about 10,400 participating landmarks. This year will mark the tenth annual Earth Hour. Let’s make it the best one yet!
Imagine the impact we could make if we paid attention to unnecessary energy use on a regular basis, if we took action beyond the hour. Let’s make the light switch the beginning of the journey. Because even small efforts can make a big difference, especially when it comes to Earth.
For more information, go to http://earthhour.org.