Earth Hour 2009 takes place, starting at 8.30 local time, on Saturday 28 March 2009. It will start at 8.30 pm in New Zealand and work it’s around the world, much the same as New Years Eve does.
Earth Hour is an initiative by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to encourage folks of all ages, nationalities, race and background to turn off their lights for one hour.
Doing so will be a vote for the earth whereas not switching off will be a vote for Global Warming.
Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, when an estimated 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. That figure grew to some fifty million folks in 2008 and the goal for Earth Day 2009 is for one billion folks to switch their lights off as part of a global vote and to show their support for action on climate change.
Earth Hour 2008 saw numerous global landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Collosseum in Rome, New York’s Empire State Building, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, London’s City Hall and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square going dark for sixty minutes.
Towns and cities in some eighty countries have already committed to Earth Hour 2009 by pledging to turn their lights off at 8.30 pm on 28 March.
VOTE EARTH with your light switch by simply turning off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour 2009.