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Earth Hour 2015—Lights out

by ✍ March 21st, 2015

Earth Hour

Mark your calendar. Saturday evening, March 29, 2015. One hour: 8:30–9:30PM. Turn out the lights. Simple. Got it?

Earth Hour is a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. You may imagine the…er…spectacle, seen from space, of areas of darkness proceeding across the planet one zone at a time.

World Wildlife Fund

Earth Hour is observed world-wide on the last Saturday of March. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conceived of the event as far back as 2004, in Australia. It started as a lights-off event in Sydney in 2007.

The idea is to get, not only individuals, but groups, companies, cities and the like to join in, turning off “non-essential” lights. (E.g., not lights that affect public safety,) Why?

Earth Hour does not claim that the event is an energy or carbon reduction exercise—it is a symbolic action. […] Earth Hour is an initiative to encourage individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take accountability for their ecological footprint and engage in dialogue and resource exchange that provides real solutions to our environmental challenges. Participation in Earth Hour symbolises a commitment to change beyond the hour.

Accountability? What? Who turns out the lights? You!

Read more: Earth Hour FAQs