Friday, March 22, 2013
The seventh annual Earth Hour is happening tomorrow, Saturday March 23rd at 8:30 PM. Close to 100 landmarks including Russia's Kremlin and Red Square, Australia's Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, the Acropolis, Big Ben, and the Las Vegas Strip will shut their lights and go dark for one hour to symbolize a commitment to protect the planet.
The first Earth Hour was celebrated in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and it soon grew into a world-wide event. In 2008, 35 countries participated, and now the number is close to 150. The movement has gone beyond the hour, to encompass a campaign called "I Will if You Will", where governments and individuals make pledges and challenges for direct action to protect the planet. For example the former president of Botswana is leading an effort to plant one million trees, with 100,000 already planted.
You can accept a challenge or create your own at their website, and view videos and other content, and follow the action live. So, get ready to turn out your lights for one hour and join the movement.