While peering out the window of the Commodore Ballroom, I saw the glowing fuchsia marquee of the Granville Cinemas go dim and like a row of dominoes, lights across town were switched off in sequence. Gracie’s Necklace is extinguished each year and even my friend Duane shut down his blog for a full 60 minutes last year in order to participate in the global event, Earth Hour.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Romeâ€™s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.
This year we’d like to see every Canadian do their part from 8:30pm until 9:30pm on March 28th – and contributions are as simple as flipping off the light switch.
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote â€“ Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard. [Earth Hour – About]
You can show your support and share your Earth Hour plans through any of the following methods:
When you sign up for Earth Hour you’ll be entered to win a trip to Churchill Manitoba, known for its polar bear experiences.
The Local Contest
Several local bloggers were approached by Earth Hour to help spread the word a few weeks ago. I was planning on doing my post yesterday but thought I could up the ante by introducing a contest. Through the magic of Twitter, I’ve found some great sponsors just this morning.
Leave a comment here noting what you’d do for Earth Hour on March 28th (whether it’s joining any of the groups or sites above, or how you’ll turn off your own lights) or which Vancouver landmark you’d like to see go completely dark.
You could win a prize pack including a coveted Earth Hour t-shirt and an uber earth-friendly AusPen Kit from EcoSmartWorld or an amazing dining experience on Grouse Mountain (by candlelight) — which means the winner will be spending Earth Hour high above Vancouver.
Update March 19, 2009: The contest is now closed and a winner will be announced shortly.
Update: Since I was out covering the Juno Awards Gala Dinner, John was at home and wrote this awesome post about Earth Hour in Vancouver.