The 2008 World Wildlife Fund ‘Earth Hour’ is Saturday, March 29 from 8-9 p.m.
Last year, the first Earth Hour happened in Sydney, Australia, when 2.2 million people shut off their lights for one hour to promote the idea of easing the pressure on the earth’s energy resources and illustrate awareness of global warming.
The event brought together the city’s families, religious groups, global companies, schools and more. When word spread, 2,100 corporations joined the movement and 2.2 million people turned out the lights in Sydney. That’s the equivalent of a 10.2 percent energy reduction, or like taking 42,000 cars off the road.
In 2008, the Earth Hour has gone global. Leading U.S. partner cities include Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco. Everyone across the country is encouraged to participate and turn the lights out for one hour, starting at the local 8 p.m.
In that hour, the organization recommends changing out regular light bulbs with more energy efficient compact fluorescents. The U.S. is the world’s leading emitter of carbon dioxide, according to the Earth Hour web site.
"One person committed to reducing energy consumption can make a difference, and millions of us working together can change the world," the site said.
Find out more information, watch the video from Sydney last year, or sign up to participate at www.earthhourus.org.