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Earth Hour - A Simple Way to Make a Difference

  

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On March 28, 2015 at 8:30 p.m., millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments around the world will come together to make a bold statement by doing something simple—turning off their lights for one hour. Many places are already feeling the effects of climate change and Earth Hour sends a clear message that we care about the issue. By flipping off your lights, you are showing your desire to make the switch to cleaner air, a stronger economic future and a more secure nation. For even more ways to take action, check out Earth Hour’s website.

Earth Hour was started by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to increase awareness about climate change. The first Earth Hour took place in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million individuals, businesses and governments turning their lights off for one whole hour. Only a year later and this event had become a global sustainability movement with up to 100 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome's Colosseum and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square, all stood in darkness as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour. Just like New Year's Eve, Earth Hour will travel from time zone to time zone starting at 8:30 p.m. in New Zealand. Public safety is not jeopardized as only non-essential lighting is turned off during Earth Hour.

Last year, the event was observed in more than 7,000 cities, towns and municipalities in more than 150 countries and territories. The iconic landmarks from around the world that went dark for Earth Hour included:

• Empire State Building
• Brooklyn Bridge
• Broadway Theater Marquees
• Las Vegas Strip
• United Nations Headquarters
• Golden Gate Bridge
• Seattle’s Space Needle
• Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple
• Gateway Arch in St. Louis
• Great Pyramids of Giza
• Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens
• Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro
• St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City
• Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London
• Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower in Paris
• Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube
• Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong
• Sydney’s Opera House

Earth Hour has become a worldwide phenomenon and is a message of hope and a message of action. Everyone can make a difference, so turn off your lights at 8:30 p.m. local time. View the toolkits, to find out what else you can do to get involved including leading the Earth Hour movement in your community. There are toolkits for individuals, businesses, governments, schools, organizations and cities, and they provide ideas for spreading the word online and offline. Find out how to organize your own Earth Hour here, and join Pink Goes Green in uniting people to protect the planet.