Earth Hour On March 28th Asks You to Power Down for One Hour
by Justin Miller
It’s the littlest acts of responsibility that will make the largest impact on protecting and bettering the environment. Things like turning off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth, recycling to the best of your abilities, or composting rotted foods. How about turning off your lights to save electricity?
According to a survey taken at Walkersville High School, many students spend their weekends using electronics. Playing video games, watching television, and messing around on the cell phone were all popular activities to do on a Saturday afternoon. Although most agreed that they use more electronics during the week, almost every student asked agreed that some part of their weekend was spent in front of a screen.
Earth Hour is an event occurring on Saturday, March 28th, 2015, at 8:30pm until 9:30 around the world in people’s very own homes. People are sacrificing one hour of time to simply turn off the lights in their houses or office buildings.
Earth Hour was an event designed in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. In just over seven years, it has grown to involve over 162 countries and territories. It was created to bring attention to climate change, and it is starting to make leaps and strides. (www.earthhour.org)
According to the Earth Hour 2014 Summary, published in Causes and Social Interests magazine, it is supported by corporations such as Google, and ambassadors such as the late Nelson Mandela, and many more. (http://www.earthhour.org/earth-hour-2014-report)
It has had landmarks such as the Roman Colosseum take part, in 2009 it was the largest global climate change initiative, and in 2013 Russian and American astronauts celebrated Earth Hour in space.
In 2014 it was celebrated in countries such as Nepal, China, Singapore, Australia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia and Uganda, along with many others.
When asked if they would be willing to turn off their lights for one hour on March 28th, twenty-five out of thirty students said they would be willing to if they were reminded.
Earth Hour is making leaps and strides and it’s spreading fast. Become a part of Earth hour on March 28th at 8:30pm and simply turn your lights off. You can sign up for a reminder here (the link will also be included below). Remember, it’s up to you to make a change in the environment around you, be the change.