Here’s a quick reminder that Earth Hour is tonight from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
During this hour, when people throughout the world switch off their lights in a simple symbolic act, millions are showing their support for actions addressing climate change.
As I said last year in Water Ways, this may seem like a small thing, even a waste of time, but all important movements start with small actions. Participants often say they feel united with people around the world.
This year, the third year of the event, Earth Hour is sanctioned
in 3,100 cities in 121 countries, according to the “My Earth Hour” Web site,
sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund.
In a message to the people of Washington state, Gov. Chris Gregoire said, “ “Washington has taken significant steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect our water supplies and promote clean energy jobs for our citizens. We’re proud of these accomplishments and hope that our state’s involvement in Earth Hour inspires individuals and organizations across the state — and across the country — to join with us.”
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Earth Hour both a warning and a beacon of hope: “By switching off non-essential lights for an hour, people will join a symbolic display that can inspire the change we so urgently need… The message of Earth Hour is simple; climate change is a concern for each of us. Solutions are within our grasp and are ready to be implemented by individuals, communities, businesses and Governments around the globe.”
As I write this, Earth Hour is already past in some parts of the world, as the Associated Press reports.