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Earth Hour 2012: Illuminating Global Climate Change

Earth Hour 2012: Illuminating Global Climate Change

What would you do to save the planet from irreversible climate change?

Would you protest? Give up your car? During the annual Earth Hour action on Saturday March 31st, taking a stand against climate change is as easy as turning off a light switch.

As the largest environmental event in history, Earth Hour asks people and communities around the world to switch off their lights for one hour as a silent but powerful statement about the effects of human-accelerated climate change. Last year, more†than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour, and thousands of individuals took advantage of the opportunity to go “Beyond The Hour” to change their energy consumption habits for good.

While watching cities around the globe go dark for an entire 60 minutes is a powerful visual of what could happen if we don’t change our collective behavior, it’s only a temporary action. The only way Earth Hour can make a real difference is if people realize that the status quo isn’t working, and we need to start working–quickly–toward a world that’s free from fossil fuels.

This year Earth hour has launched the ďI Will If You WillĒ channel on YouTube to showcase how everyone has the power to change the world we live in. The task is simple: head to YouTube to tell and post a short video about what you are willing to do to save the planet or accept one the challenges already posed by an Earth Hour supporter.

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8:53AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Candles are even worse for aggravating global warming than electric lights are.

7:45PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Our girls (11 and 4) LOVE Earth Hour - the smallest one even thinks it might be her birthday!

Though we all love it - the candles, the storytelling - I also wonder about how much of an impact we have - though March 21st has gone, it is still winter here, so we keep our blinds and curtains shut at night. It's an habit to save energy. I'm not sure people even NOTICED that we were "celebrating" Earth hour, even if they passed by our house.
Still, I think every effort to raise the awareness on the dwindling of natural ressources is laudable.

4:31PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

thanks for sharing

3:57PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

cont'd from below:

where things/mfr/transport powered by clean green energy sources can stay 'on'...

3:52PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

it should be a continuous 24 hours for any one location, not a mere 1 hour
not so much 'no power' but rather 'power not fueled by non-renewable sources' instead
this way, anytime such a 24 hour stint allows folks to figure out 'best alternatives' that can go beyond mere 24 hours.
it could be a yearly window of opportunity to test the 'best alternatives' possible out in the world.
at some point, one extends the 24 hours to multiples of 24 hours till it reaches a week, 2 weeks, 3... a month...2 months... a year... years, etc.
it has to be a widespread phenomena... a starting point, then momentum, a progression, how else can a better system ease in unless it is even given a starting chance, with a progressively expanding window of 'testing time testbed' opportunities [of progressively lengthening time spans]?

10:28AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Global Warming
Global warming is real, and humans are causing it with environmental destruction, and pollution. This is a FACT.

“But Andrew, volcanoes put out more pollution than human made pollution sources. Derp Derp Herp Derp.”

All of our lives are at stake, and we cannot continue to lend credence to such dumb statements by repeating them.

Volcanoes, and other sources of “natural pollution,” are not pollution. They are a part of nature’s regular cycle that has been going on for millions of years that has already been accounted for, and adjustments made to accommodate it. That is why volcanoes can erupt without killing everything on the planet.

Human environmental destruction, and pollution is not accounted for, or accommodated by nature. Not only because it has not happened over millions of years, but because of the scope and volume of it.

Pollution is not comparative.

It is additive.

2 + 0 = 2 (Natural Cycle)

2 + 2 = 4 (Natural Cycle + Human Impact)

Our planet is dying, and we will die too if we don’t do something about it.

2:44AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

I also turned the lights off aswell shut the computer down. This could be weekly every evening. I have done this every evening when I watch TV in my bed I turn down the lights in the room but I could do more, I usually have small light in kitchen but now I begin to turn it down every time I leave the kitchen.

2:00AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

I turned all my lights off for the entire night! Candlelight was so soothing I switched the tee-vee off too and listened to my radio!

12:43AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

turning some lights off everyday, wearing an extra sweater instead of pumping up the heater will save you money, as well as hit the energy industry where it hurts

What we really need is a NO FUEL DAY

12:36AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

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