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Can one hour save our planet?

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How much can just one hour of energy savings do for hour planet?

– 284 Canadian cities and municipalities participating

– 3249 cities and towns in 84 countries across all seven continents prepare to unite for Earth Hour

– 829 icons and landmarks around the world to switch off lights in support of climate change action

It might seem like an insignificant amount of time in the large scheme of things but the impact on the planet is potentially huge. Earth hour is an opportunity for the citizens of the world to send a clear message that they want to take action on climate change.

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, 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 to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. WWF is 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.

Over 82 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009. Here is a rundown of some international landmarks that are participating:

  • The Great Pyramids in Egypt
  • The Acropolis in Athens
  • The Empire State Building in New York
  • The UN headquarters in New York
  • The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
  • Wembley Stadium in London
  • The Bird’s Nest Stadium, the Water Cube, Ling Long Tower and Pangu Plaza in Beijing.
  • The Oriental Pearl Tower and the 492m high Shanghai World Financial Center
  • The Reserve Bank of India, the Air India buildings, and Indian Tourism Development Corporation’s flagship Ashok Hotel, in India

Various government and urban areas in all of these countries will be participating. Other major cities in emerging and developing countries that are participating in Earth Hour include Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Beunos Aires, Jakarta, Istanbul, Seoul, Mexico City and Manila.

Please do your part for the planet. This Saturday, March 28th at 8.30pm, you can vote Earth by switching off your lights for one hour  –  EARTH HOUR.

Written by Reenita Malhotra

Reenita Malhotra Hora is an Ayurveda clinician, entrepreneur, writer and mom. Her experience has ranged from running Ayoma, an Ayurveda business to running a natural health practice at San Francisco's California Pacific Medical Center.

Reenita is a published author of two books books about health and wellness: ‘Ayurveda - the Natural Medicine of India’ and
‘Inner Beauty’. She is also the Editor for Green Options Media's business blogs and a freelance writer for a variety of print and web publications.

In quieter moments, she likes to spend her time hiking, swimming the warm seas, cooking with the family or writing fantasy fiction adventure stories for kids from from 2 to 92.

Check out her wisdom at www.reenita.com

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  1. Although the idea of Earth Hour probably began with noble causes and it has built an important momentum around the earth in both bringing awareness to the needs of the planet and to our impact on it, I sadly can no longer support this cause.

    I have recently learned that Earth Hour is hosted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). WWF, begun by trophy hunters is an organization that supposedly supports a sustainable Earth.

    Many of us are dreamily swept into this noble idea, however there are some dark secrets under the covers of this Organization.

    WWF leads many people to believe they are helping endangered animals, threatened species and animals in need around the world. They recruit millions of dollars from innocent people who want to save the lives of animals, yet this organization is one which supports hunting, culling and the use of animals for cruel animal testing.

    Their legibility has been questioned by concerned citizens and groups such as PETA who have created a website called the Wicked Wildlife Fund.

    Most incomprehensible to me is that they could shut down the Canadian Seal Hunt if they chose to. The Canadian Seal Hunt is the second largest massacre of animals on the planet and the largest slaughter of marine babies in the world.

    How could an organization who claims to be green allow the blood from these creatures to stain the ocean floor spreading hypoxia and increasing ocean acidity? Not to mention allow one of the most barbaric and cruel slaughters known to mankind.

    In addition Earth Hour is paid for by companies like Shell and Coca Cola. Shell is jumping on the green bandwagon after years of habitat, animal life and human life destruction in order to sell it’s oil. It is not a green company and does not deserve to be considered as such.

    Please rethink Earth Hour. Make every single hour earth by not killing animals.

  2. The Earth Hour is the equivalent of a mass killer helping one person in a good way once a year to wash away his guilt and then continuing his killings. Let’s do something sustainable, not something childish like Earth Hour.

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