Earth Hour, run by WWF, the conservation organisation, is a global climate change initiative which calls on individuals and businesses around the world, to turn off their lights for one hour. Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change.
The aim of the campaign is to express that individual action on a mass scale can help change our planet for the better. The event itself will clearly demonstrate in participating cities, the connection between energy usage and climate change, showing that we as broader community can address the biggest threat our planet has ever faced. I’ve been supporting this event for the last few years, and this year will be no exception.
The official video for Earth Hour 2012:
Let me re-quote a paragraph I wrote few years back:
“I know someone may ask what can we achieve by just turning off the lights for one hour? Ya, 1 hour only, what can we achieve when the rest of the 8759 hours in the year we just don’t care? That’s exactly the point – we want to raise awareness to all humans on Earth that don’t be “don’t care”. It lets us pause and think what we can do to protect the Earth. We, individually, are just one person, but we can still do our small part to fight global warming – save energy, save electricity, save water, save paper, save earth resources…”
Together let us show our support that we care about our living planet!
And if you are in Kuala Lumpur city area this Saturday, why not head over to Planetarium Negara to join their Light Pollution Campaign in conjunction with Earth Hour starting from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm? They are organising a lot of fun activities and would like to invite all to join them.
I’ll be there giving a short astrophotography sharing session, highlighting how light pollution affects our enjoyment for the night sky. Come and join us if you are free.
Below are two links from The Big Picture showing the before-and-after photographs during the previous Earth Hour. Enjoy!