In 2007, 2.2 million individuals and over 2,000 businesses turned off their lights for one hour to demonstrate their intolerance for the human impact on climate change. This event became known as the first Earth Hour. Over the years, 128 countries and territories joined together in the multinational display of climate action. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum have all stood together in darkness for the world’s largest climate change initiative. People from across the planet turned off their lights in celebration of the Earth.
Tonight, March 26th, at 8:30 p.m., Earth Hour 2011 will take place. These actions represent hope for a cause that continues to grow in necessity every day. We are encouraged to take this time to show gratitude and love toward the environment for its never ending struggle to sustain life on this planet despite the humans that have at times forgotten and abused it. Take this day to meditate upon the significance of nature to our lives and return a bit of the love that we continually receive from the Earth. One may spend some time in the presence of nature, care for a diseased plant, tree, or animal, buy recycled goods, or conserve energy. This is the time to quiet our demanding lives and minds in order to express thanks to the Earth and get in touch with those closest to us. It is our responsibility to show our appreciation for the gift of life the Universe had bestowed upon us.