the countdown has begun {Earth Hour}

At 8:30 PM tonight, join the world and turn off all of your lights for Earth Hour 2011.  This year, we are encouraged to go beyond the hour and think about our actions and how they impact our world.  Commit to something.  Ride your bike more often and leave the car at home; plant a few extra trees in your yard.  Make the commitment to really use those reusable bags, not just at the grocery store, but everywhere you purchase items.   We can all think of at least one thing to do (or not do).  The opportunities you have are limitless!

About Earth Hour:

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

Click and sign up your family, and turn off your lights!

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