Earth Hour: Today 3/28/09 8:30pm

KW: How did I celebrate Earth Hour here in Long Island? I was at a women’s conference on sustainability, held at the Southampton campus of Stony Brook. Post with photos: here. Our conference shut down the lights symbolically at 8:30pm, while local activist Sara Gordon played violin.

IW: Earth Hour is simply not enough.  The Global warming problem is a lot bigger than turning off, or changing,  your lightbulbs.  “If we continue on the same path, we will soon face a Mad Max world of starvation, wars and environmental die-off on a scale we have not seen. We need to decrease to 350 ppm to be safe. If we want to repair our world with love and reverence, we must make 2009 a year of monumental change.”  Find out more on April 1, 2009 at 7pm.  Until then, use the Earth Hour to write your congresspersons to tell them we can no longer afford a fossil-fuel based war economy, and that if they don’t make an immediate change you will vote for whoever is their opponent regardless of party.  Find out more about the immediacy of the Global Warming Crisis on April 1, 2009 at 7pm.

This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

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. 

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.

We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.

VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.

Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.

2 Responses

  1. No, I will not participate in this ridiculous initiative to fool the people and spread the lie of global warming.
    I am switching on all of my lights.

    • I am worried less by the head in the sand types who refuse believe that the whole scientific community has told them global warming is a problem.

      I am more frightened that Kimberly told me that Richard Leakey, the 3rd generation anthropologist, spent most his time last in in Southampton stressing how dire global warming is.

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