On March 28th, 2009 at 8:30pm (your local time) we’ll experience Earth Hour. So, for 60 minutes, turn off your lights. If you’re feeling really froggy, turn off your computers, unplug your TVs, and unplug anything that you can that uses electricity. I won’t be unplugging the fridge, but I will shut off the lights in the house and unplug my gear for an hour. Earth Hour is essentially a call to the world to bring awareness to how much electricity is used for the purpose of lighting – but I try to kill anything that makes light at all for that hour.
Several cities in the world are participating in a lighting shutdown for Earth Hour’s 60 minutes – Abu Dhabi, Amman, Auckland, Beijing, Bogota, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Guatemala City, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kiev, Kuala Lumpur, Lisbon, London, Manila, Mexico City, Moscow, Oslo, Rome, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Vancouver, Wellington, Warsaw, and others across the world are shutting down. In the United States – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York City and San Francisco are the key cities participating.
If you’re home, turn out the lights for Earth Hour. If you’re a company in tune with the environment and you can, turn off your lighting for Earth Hour. The point is to exercise frugality in your lighting and electricity consuming choices. Now I’m not naive – I realize we’re more than likely not going to solve the world’s electricity problems on March 28th at 8:30pm…
…but who knows, I’ve been wrong once before.