Posted by: galapagosinc | March 26, 2010

Earth Hour

Get ready to go dark on Saturday.

At 8:30 p.m., folks from around the world will turn off their lights for one hour to unite in a call for global action on climate change.

Earth Hour, as it has come to be known, started in 2007 in Australia as a global demonstration organized by the World Wildlife Fund.

The Earth Hour Web site has some cool stuff on it, as well, including a lantern project for which kids can design their own online lantern by selecting its shape, color and message.

There’s also a virtual light switch and a game that has you turn off as many lights as you can in two minutes.

WWF claims that, in 2007, 2.2 million homes and businesses turned off their lights and that, a year later, more than 50 million people in 35 countries were participating.

This year, more than 318 cities have committed to going dark.

From the port town of Puerto Ayora on the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, where the streetlights of the main street and boardwalk will be replaced with candles, to China’s Forbidden City, lights will go dark.

South Florida Business Journal

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