By Amber Friend
March 23, 2015; 12:28 p.m.
On March 28, 2015, at 8:30 pm local time people around the world will be turning off their lights and electricity for one designated hour to show their commitment to making a change in protecting our planet. Earth Hour is an impactful action taken by individuals, businesses and world leaders who join together in an iconic and unprecedented lights-out display.
Started by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, the very first Earth Hour had the support of more than 2 million participants. This year 162 countries and territories and millions of people around the world will participate in Earth Hour.
WHY SHOULD YOU BE APART OF EARTH HOUR?
Earth Hour 2015 comes at a critical point. The world is facing a climate crisis. Without action, humanity, wildlife and the planet will suffer. The world will change, as we know it, if we don’t do our part to protect it. All countries have the opportunity to set an example and take the lead to help drive climate action at home and make the commitment to fight climate change.
By turning off the lights and electricity on Earth Hour, millions of people send a collective signal to world leaders that we must fight climate change together and we must do it now.
TAKING PART OF EARTH HOUR IS AS EASY AS 1-2-3
1. Turn off all non-essential lights at 8:30 pm your local time on March 28, 2015.
2. Celebrate your commitment to the planet with your family, friends and community.
3. Spread the word: Earth Hour 2015 is on its way to becoming the largest display for climate change action ever. With your help, we can get everyone to join us.
IDEAS FOR YOUR EARTH HOUR
o Have a candlelight dinner party.
o Have an indoor picnic.
o Have a family game night.
o Make a fort in your home and pretend you’re camping.
o Take a look at the stars. Find constellations and watch for shooting stars.
o Talk with your family and make a list of how together you will help to conserve the environment.
o Snap pictures of how you’re participating and post them later on social media using #earthhour
o Take in the sights. Many famous landmarks will be participating in Earth Hour.
Check here to see the 2015 Earth Hour Participant List and to be Counted in for Earth Hour.