Friday, March 25, 2011

Earth Hour 2011

Earth Hour is 8:30 p.m. your time on Saturday, March 26th. Scroll down to see all the landmarks and new countries that will be participating this year.

I was considering how the kids and I were going to spend it before I realized I was solo. Now my plan is to make it home from work in time to spend the entire hour in the bath. Probably the most fun I can have on my own.

And Tabitha, I know you're checking the blog . . . just because you're in Spain doesn't mean you get to skip Earth Hour. Remember to do it for the FULL and OFFICIAL hour and NO TV. You'll love yourself when you're done. Trust me.

Here are the Earth Hour mascots to get you in the mood . . .

And in case you're wondering what's an hour with the lights off going to do, go here to pledge what you're going to do after Earth Hour for positive planet action and see other pledges from around the world. I'll be mulling over my pledge in the bath. But that's not the only thing I'll be doing there.

I'll also be relaxing and texting . . . what did you think I meant? Oh and if you're open to the idea, let's send healing thoughts to Japan and wherever else they might be needed. I think positive energy flows better in the dark anyway.

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Record participation with 4 days until the world unites for Earth Hour

131 countries and territories, iconic landmarks, public figures and hundreds of millions across the globe prepare to come together and switch off the lights, celebrating action for the planet.

Tuesday 22nd March: Just four days out from the global lights-out event, Earth Hour 2011 has reached record participation, with 131 countries and territories registered to take part, on all seven continents, with all G20 countries, thousands of cities, and iconic landmarks and public figures set to join with hundreds of millions across the world to celebrate action for the planet.

This Saturday, 26 March, at 8:30pm local time iconic landmarks across the globe will go dark for Earth Hour including:

• The world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa, Dubai

• The Empire State Building, New York

• Times Square, New York

• Christ the Redeemer statue, Brazil

• National Monument, Indonesia

• London Eye

• Eiffel Tower, Paris

• India Gate, Delhi

• The Alhambra, Spain

• National Mausoleum, Pakistan

• Boudhanath Stupa, Nepal

• Table Mountain, South Africa

• Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

• The Obelisk, Argentina

• Milad Tower, Tehran

• Duomo, Milan

• Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates

• Davis Station, in Antarctica

• Jet d’Eau, Geneva, Switzerland

• Opera House, Sydney

• Presidential Palace, Lima - world heritage site

• Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

• Parliament Palace in Bucharest, Romania

• Queen’s Palace, Madagascar

• Government House, Hong Kong

• Royal Castle, Sweden

• Denmark’s Kronborg Castle

• Santa Maria del Mar Basilica, Spain

• Royal Palace, Thailand

• China World Trade Centre Tower 3 (the tallest building in Beijing).

• Presidential Palace, Indonesia

• Niagara Falls, Canada

• Hanoi Opera House, Vietnam

• Rembrandt Square, Amsterdam

• The Merlion, Singapore

In 2010 hundreds of millions of people across the world, in 4,616 cities, in 128 countries and territories took part in Earth Hour, but switching off the lights was only the beginning. This year Earth Hour asks people to go beyond the hour, and use Earth Hour to commit to an action, big or small, that they will sustain for the future of our planet.

“Earth Hour is a chance for people and communities across the globe to join together with the common purpose of a sustainable future for our planet,” said Andy Ridley, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Earth Hour. “This year Earth Hour asks people to commit to an action, big or small, for the coming year, taking Earth Hour beyond the hour.”

Among the thousands of cities taking part in Earth Hour 2011, many have already committed to taking action beyond the hour for Earth Hour including:

• Sydney, Australia where actions include switching to LED lights in parks and streets

• Medellin, Colombia where long term water protection and tree planting initiatives form part of a commitment that goes “beyond 60 minutes”

• Shenyang, China where 38,000 hectares of land will be reforested

Also supporting Earth Hour 2011, and committing to taking action beyond the hour, are the following high profile ambassadors:

• Model Miranda Kerr, who has committed to buying local, organic produce to reduce her ecological footprint

• Wasim Akram, a Pakistan cricket legend, who has made a commitment to stop using plastic bags, recycle and reuse, and use his high profile to promote and encourage the same behaviour throughout Pakistan and the rest of the world

• Pocoyo, an animated TV series that will reach out to its millions of preschool-aged fans across the globe over the next year, to inform children about environmental issues

• Li Bingbing, the Chinese acting/singing sensation, who has committed to being vegetarian for 100 days this year

• Actor Verne Troyer who will go beyond the hour this year by replacing all the light bulbs in his home with energy efficient lighting

An online platform has been launched, that captures and allows individuals, governments and organisations across the globe to share their actions, acting as a tool to showcase and inspire commitments to protect the one thing we all have in common – the planet.

Earth Hour 2011 will take place at 8.30pm, Saturday, 26 March, 2011.

Countries and territories that are participating in Earth Hour officially for the first time include:

• Jamaica

• Uganda

• Swaziland

• Iran

• Tajikistan

• Chad

• Azerbaijan

• Gibraltar

• Palestine

• Suriname

• Uzbekistan

• Trinidad & Tobago

• Lesotho

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a global initiative in partnership with WWF. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday March 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. The event began in Sydney in 2007, through a partnership between WWF Australia, Leo Burnett and Fairfax Media, when 2 million people in one city switched off their lights. By 2010, Earth Hour had created history as the largest voluntary action ever witnessed with participation across 128 countries and territories and every continent, including the world’s most recognized man-made marvels and natural wonders in a landmark environmental action.

About WWF

WWF is one of the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global Network active in more than 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.


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