Monday, March 29, 2010

Earth Hour

This past weekend was Earth Hour. Have a discussion with your advisees to find out if anyone participated, and if they did, how did they participate?

Earth Hour 2010 inspired an estimated one billion people, organizations, corporations and governments to come together and take a strong stance against climate change. Starting in New Zealand and following the sun around the globe, Earth Hour asked everyone to do something quite simple—turn off the lights at 8:30 p.m. local time. Just one hour for an individual, and 24 hours for the whole world.

In the U.S., where the effects of climate change are increasingly apparent, it felt good to vote for action with a light switch, dimming lights at home and watching iconic landmarks from the Las Vegas Strip to the Empire State Building go dark. Here, Earth Hour’s message hit home: We care about this country and want to turn off the lights on dirty air, dangerous dependence on foreign oil and costly climate change impacts; and make a switch to a cleaner, safer and more secure world.

You can visit the official website here.

Continue the discussion...if you didn't participate in Earth Hour this year, what can you start doing every day to help conserve energy? Why is this important to do as a global community?