Earth Hour

Created by WWF in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour this year is reaching out to the world. It is now a global event created to symbolize that each one of us, working together, can make a positive impact on climate change.

This Saturday between 8 and 9 pm, I plan to be one of the millions of people who have decided to “turn out the lights” in an effort to combat climate change.

This year's international Earth Hour will embrace 14 different time zones. It will start in Christchurch, New Zealand, go through Australia and finish some 20 hours later in San Francisco.

Australian papers have reported that Prince Charles has joined the Earth Hour effort. The lights at Highgrove House, his Gloucestershire home, will be turned off at 8pm on Saturday, along with those in other world landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Melbourne's Federation Square, the Sears Tower in Chicago, Brighton Pier in England, Niagara Falls and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

Local businesses and restaurants will also be asked to turn off their lights. A singles "dinner by candlelight" is being held at the Skytower in Sydney's CBD and 40 top restaurants are hosting “dinner in the dark” in Melbourne.

Astronomers are looking forward to the event, when the night sky can be seen without light pollution. Telescopes are being set up in Melbourne's Federation Square, while the Sydney Observatory is hosting an open night.

People at home can take advantage of the hour by replacing their standard light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

Make a difference and turn off your lights, computer and television on Saturday. Use the time to think of other ways to help the environment.

Enjoy your weekend and make time for chocolate.

Following are a few videos about Earth Hour that you may find interesting.

Commercial for Earth Hour

2007 Music Video for Earth Hour

Music Video – Better Day

Official Videos for Earth Hour
(These are getting a lot of hits, so they may be hard to view)