Go Beyond the Hour

How many of you took the time to switch off the lights at 8:30 PM on Saturday, March 26? For those of you who did, BRAVO!! You participated in the largest Earth Hour event the world has seen to date, with 134 participating countries!

What is Earth Hour? For those of you who are unfamiliar, (or live under a rock,) Earth Hour is an event organized by WWF to show people the difference each person can make in shutting off the lights for just one hour each evening. This is represented by major landmarks in major cities, towns, and villages across the world shutting of the lights at 8:30 PM local time (or now that I’m in Germany, 20:30).

This year, many nation’s events focused on energy change, as we all watched with horror the unfolding events in Japan. Here in Berlin the words written in candles were not 60 or WWF, but “ENERGIE WENDE JEZTS!”, Energy Change Now!

Image thanks to BerlinSidewalk.com

The lanterns A, I, and 15 or so others held up as the lights were switched off. (Image thanks to BerlinSidewalk.com)

All in all the night’s events were great, though it was pretty damn cold in Berlin on this particular night and after arriving at 5:30 to help set up, my toes were numb around 9…so I had to call it quits just a bit earlier than I would have wanted! But looking at some sights that show you the Bigger Picture and which set up interactive visuals of the changing horizons in various cities around the world, you really feel amazing to know you are part of something bigger!

Now WWF promotes what is called “Beyond the Hour” to help people realize small changes they can make daily to go beyond Earth Hour and to move towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable future. See what you can do to promote a healthier environment in your daily life!


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