Saturday, 31 March 2012

Earth Hour - switch off and help our Planet

Earth Hour is celebrated on 31st March (the last Saturday of March) and you are asked to participate by switching off the lights for 60 minutes, between 8,30 and 9,30pm wherever you are in the world.

Last year over 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries switched off their lights in support of action on climate change. With the power of social networks spreading the message, this number is expected to be higher with more countries and more cities joining in with a commitment to change to create a sustainable Planet.

This yearly event originated in Sydney, Australia in 2007 (of course planning and talking about the concept started a few years earlier), when World Wildlife Fund and Leo Burnett Sydney (an advertising agency) took the concept to Fairfax Media to back the event and they agreed.
Sydney residents were asked to show support for climate change, and 2,2 million people and more than 2000 businesses turned off their lights for an hour.
In 2008 the rest of Australia followed, then Canada and before long 35 other countries were part of the event. In 3 years it went from 35 to 135 participating countries!

In 2011 it was the first Earth Hour to go beyond the hour, when supporters were asked to think what else they could do to make a difference.
To find out more about Earth Hour, share your stories and pledges go to

I remember two years ago, the first time we participated, we actually had a power failure due to something blowing up in our "junction box", so we actually had no lights for about 4 or 5 hours until our electricity provider came to fix it!  Last year we organized a candlelight dinner.
This year we will not be home for a few hours as we are attending a friend´s birthday, so our lights will be out for a few hours. Not sure whether my friend´s dinner party will be lit by candles only...

So, even if you only switch your lights off for 1 hour, every little bit helps.
Enjoy your evening, under the stars or candle light!
Does your city or town take part in Earth Hour? Are you planning to do something different?

Perth City centre before Earth Hour
Perth city centre during Earth Hour


  1. Thanks for the heads up. That's alot of people, cities and countries that joined in last year. I hope this year is just as successful.
    That's something about your power failure two years ago. It's kind of ironic that it happened on the Earth hour day. :)

  2. Thanks EC. We sure did our share and more as we had no electricity for a few hours!

  3. Perth sure does look good all lit up at night hey Sami, excellent city scape.

  4. Here in the Dominican Republic I have earth hour daily with the electricity off at least 12 hours a day! Lovely pic of Perth!

  5. Oh Lindsay, you and all other Dominicans certainly do more than their share to help the Planet!


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