Earth Hour 2009 takes place this Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 pm local time. Earth Hour is sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This year they expect that over 1 billion people will vote YES for the future of the earth by turning off their lights for one hour. The San Francisco Bridge, the Sidney Opera House, the humongous Coca Cola sign in Times Square, to name a few lighting monuments, will go dark at 8:30 pm Saturday.
Visit the Vote Earth site to get a feeling for this enormous world-wide event. Baltimore, College Park, DC, and Arlington are among the local cities pledged to turn off the lights. We were impressed by how many more cities in Canada were registered than American. If you go to the Earth Hour site and cursor down the home
screen, to the world map, you can see the 2,800+ cities and 83 countries that are participating.
Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007. These year's event has been turned into the world's first global election. For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming.
WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.