I was just reading about Earth Hour 2010. In whatever time zone you are in, you’re encouraged to shut off your lights for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The goal is to save massive energy and come together as a call to action for climate change initiatives.
Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour’s non-partisan approach has captured the world’s imagination and become a global phenomenon. Nearly one billion people turned out for Earth Hour 2009 – involving 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents.
According to the website, in 2009, 80 million Americans and 318 U.S. cities officially voted for action with their light switch, joining iconic landmarks from around the world that went dark for Earth Hour, including:
* Empire State Building
* Brooklyn Bridge
* Broadway Theater Marquees
* Las Vegas Strip – that must have been eery
* United Nations Headquarters
* Golden Gate Bridge
* Seattle’s Space Needle
* Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple
* Gateway Arch in St. Louis
* Great Pyramids of Giza
* Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens
* Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro
* St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
* Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London
* Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower in Paris
* Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube
* Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong
* Sydney’s Opera House
That’s absolutely amazingly illuminating.
The state of Arizona has not signed on to participate yet. No surprise there. The legislators are too busy suing President Obama for passing a health bill and trying to pass a law where Arizonans can carry a hand gun without a permit. Can I say stupid Wild West mentality?
But back to a better reality. Wouldn’t it be sweet if restaurants across the nation switched to candlelight during that one hour? If you’re a restaurant in any time zone and are going to switch off your lights for Earth Hour, please leave comment.