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 “I Will If You Will” 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.
Image via EarthHour.org