What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is when everybody turns off their lights and their electronics to show awareness and concern for climate change and the environment. It is sort of like celebrating an environmental new year. This year Earth Hour is Saturday March 23 from 8:30 – 9:30 pm.
Cool Facts about The History of Earth Hour.
The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) founded Earth Hour which I think is totally awesome. The very first earth hour was held in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Over 2000 people participated. The next year Earth Hour was participated in all around the world – 371 cities and towns in more than 35 countries. 36 million people turned their lights out that second year.
I am proud to say that Toronto was the first city in 2008 to sign up for Earth Hour. Wow! Since then, more than 15 million Canadians participate in Earth Hour every year. In 2012 more than 6950 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories took part and made a change. That is amazing! It’s amazing that you can see how many people are concerned about the environment and their future.
Take the Stop, Start and Continue Pledge. Make Earth Hour last all year.
I have a project, a challenge and a goal for Earth Hour 2013 and it needs you.
This year when you turn of the lights off, take my pledge by yourself or together with your family, and commit to your Eco-resoulutions!
When you power down for the hour, I want you to spend that time and think about what you can do, what you change – what you can stop, start and continue. Three things.
I always say that every little thing adds up to make a change and the more people and families that take this pledge and make their commitments, the more change there will be. The earth needs it. The earth needs us.
- Choose and print your Pledge Certificate below.
- Browse the list I made (below) to inspire you to choose your own personal commitment.
- Write down your commitments for each action – Stop, Start, Continue.
- Sign it with your name.
- Decorate and colour it. Make it special.
- Find somewhere in your home, office or classroom to display it so that you will always be reminded of the commitment you made.
- When your friends and family see it and ask you about it, tell them to come back to my website and take the pledge. It starts on Earth Hour, but it can be done anytime.
Suggestions for what you can pledge Start, Stop and Continue:
- Using plastic water bottles
- Leaving lights on when you leave the room
- Using plastic bags
- Being silent about my concern for the environment
- Pretending that there is not a problem
- Using the washing machine during peak hours
- Throwing out what can be donated or reused (clothes, toys, books)
- Stop using disposable cups, plates and cutlery
- Stop using pesiticdes on my lawn and garden
START and CONTINUE:
- Using my voice
- Unplug electronics when not using them
- Use biodegradable products
- I will organize a cleanup in my neighbourhood
- Get involved with local causes
- Recycling everything I can
- I will pick up garbage whenever I see it
- Buy more local
- Use only eco-friendly cleaning supplies
- Learn more about the real problems facing the environment
- Grow a garden and try to plant some of my vegetables
- Conserve water by getting a rain barrel
- Drive less, and walk more
- Get outside more
- Learn about animals that are being endangered
- Form an eco team with my friends
- Continue to read up about people that are making change
- Turn off the water when I’m brushing my teeth
- I will learn about how to dispose of waste safely
I would love to hear what you are pledging. I hope that you’ll leave some comments here and let me and everyone else here know what you have committed to.
A big special thank you to my friend Lindsay Brewda of Everyday Grace for designing the Pledge Certificates for me.