Earth Hour

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Those readers with a keen eye will notice that I wrote this before Earth Hour, which happened on Saturday. But Earth Hour is such a great idea of bringing together people all over the planet, that I wanted to publish this even though it’s late – so that those of you who missed it, or took part but want to continue to be involved, can find out more and help spread the word about this global energy saving event.

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This week, a brilliant event is taking place across the globe, to raise awareness of climate change, energy use, and the environment. Saving energy is important for all of us whether it’s at home, at work, or contributing to projects to make the world a better place. The event is Earth Hour – and it takes this coming Saturday at 8.30pm.

 

On Saturday evening, March 29th, at 8.30pm, wherever you are, Earth Hour asks you to  turn the lights off for one hour.

 

Of course, that’s not all – the hour is a symbol of a commitment you intend to make for the future.

 

This year, Earth Hour and WWF are launching a crowdfunding platform called Earth Hour Blue. It allows you to pledge your commitment to making a difference beyond the hour and into the future. You can make a contribution to a project that will have a long lasting positive impact on the environment.

 

Energy saving, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing – what’s not to like? You can have a look at some of the projects being funded here.

 

Joining Earth Hour is so easy – that’s what makes it such a great idea. All you have to do is cut your electricity usage for an hour in the evening on March 29th. You can also sign-up on their website to share your experience and be part of it online.

 

Earth Hour is a great time to spend with your family, talking or playing games under candlelight. And if you’re looking for a way to come together with all the other people who are getting involved, that’s easy too. There are local events happening up and down the country (and all over the world!) which you can join in.

 

In Brighton for instance, there is a walk along the seafront where people will be carrying lanterns and playing music. It looks like it’s going to magical as the lights go off. To find an event near you, have a look at the map on their website here.

 

Whatever you do, you’ll be a part of a worldwide event. Here are some highlights from last year’s Earth Hour as countries across the globe turned off the lights just after sunset: