Corporate Response, Politics

Participate in Earth Hour 2009

Earth Hour 2009

Tonight, at 8:30 PM local time, wherever you are on the planet, you are encouraged to participate in “Earth Hour 2009“. For one hour, turn off all unnecessary lights to “VOTE EARTH” and join with like-minded individuals around the world in recognizing the need for action on climate change. Even if you do not believe in the theory of anthropogenic climate change, there is an undeniable need for energy conservation and responsibility.

See participant videos and more on YouTube.

Earth at Night
Figure 1: Earth at night, August 11, 2002. (Click for larger image)

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.
Earth Hour


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