Earth Hour: All the Cool People Are Doing It (VIDEOS)

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miranda kerr
Miranda Kerr

Earth Hour
is tonight, March 31, from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. (your time, wherever you are). Started 5 years ago by the World Wildlife Fund in Sydney, Australia, more than 5,400 cities now participate in Earth Hour, the world's largest voluntary mass event to support the planet.

Hundreds of millions of people, and many of the world's most popular landmarks turn out their lights for the occasion -- including Washington's National Cathedral, Big Ben, the Great Wall of China, the Sydney Opera House, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, Tokyo Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, and many more.

The purpose behind the event is to raise awareness for climate change and motivate ongoing action to help the planet. (Dear Debbie Downer: No, no one thinks turning out all these lights for an hour is going to save the planet, the point is to inspire all of us to make positive environmental changes in our lives.)

Even Dr. Suess is getting involved.

As part of Earth Hour this year, YouTube is launching an I Will If You Will platform, which lets people challenge each other into doing something good for the environment -- and getting something cool back. For example, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax movie will turn the main character’s mustache green if 500 children promise to turn off their lights for Earth Hour, and supermodel Miranda Kerr will teach a yoga class to 500 fans who create their own challenge.

 

The popularity of Earth Hour has been increasing every year. In 2007, 2 million people switched off their lights in Sydney. In 2008, more than 50 million people all over the world took part. In 2009 almost 1 billion people participated and in 2011, more than 1.8 billion people joined the party.

So get out your candles and plan a romantic dinner, a relaxing soak in the bath, or just sit under the stars and gaze at the beauty that surrounds our awesome planet.

 

So what do you say? Will you participate in Earth Hour tonight?

 

Image via earth hour/YouTube

 

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nonmember avatar Elizabeth

I will! And I will encourage my friends to also. Thanks for the reminder. :)

BriLee BriLee

Neat idea but my boys go to bed around that time. They both sleep with lamps on. Maybe we'll participate in a few years when they are old enough to sit in the dark without getting scared.

Brooke Williams

Yes. My husband and I plan on doing this. We will sit outside, enjoy a bottle of wine and some conversation. We do it every year.

the4m... the4mutts

Ummm, I do this every night, so yah, I guess I will. when my kids are in bed, 99% of my lights are OUT so they don't think "lights are on, that means mom is up! Must now ask 99 questions, go pee 10 times, and claim I'm hungry!"

Guess every night has earth hr in my house.

Texas... TexasWife

I ususally do this on Earth Day. So is today earth day? My husband and I played scrabble last year by candle light. Yes, there were lots of candles involved.

bills... billsfan1104

nope.  Already do this.  Did this before all the "cool" people did this.

nonmember avatar Penny

In all cities there are many, many unnecessary lights. How about encouragement to tone it down on a permanent basis.

Alma45 Alma45

I did it! Every little bit helps!

Delamara Delamara

Well thankfully I don't live my life based on what the "cool" people do. I do what I was raised to do...turn off unneeded lights. My dad is a Marine...so I knew better than to leave them on lol

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