On March 28, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time, millions of people across the globe will turn out their lights to raise awareness and take action to fight climate change. Will you vote for the Earth with your light switch? Sign up and let us count your vote!
The momentum for Earth Hour is growing in the United States and around the world. Here are some recent exciting developments:
A CAPITAL IDEA: Washington, D.C. will join nearly 2,300 cities around the world in going dark for Earth Hour. The word came from District Environment Director George Hawkins, who said Earth Hour was "a symbolic but important step in showing the world we're serious about the climate." At 8:30 p.m., officials will turn off non-essential lighting on buildings and facilities owned by the city.
A TOTAL OF 175 U.S. CITIES AND TOWNS have now pledged to "turn out" for the largest climate event in history, with more signing up each day. See the complete list of cities. There's still time to bring Earth Hour to your hometown, school, campus or organization. Get tools, tips and information.
EDWARD NORTON VOTES EARTH: The Academy Award-nominated actor and environmental activist has agreed to be the official Earth Hour Ambassador for the U.S. He joins a list of notables that includes Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Janeane Garofalo, Melissa Etheridge, Alanis Morissette, Cate Blanchett, Jo Dee Messina, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, Amy Grant, Kathy Mattea and many more.
KIDS TURN OUT FOR EARTH HOUR: Get your children involved in saving the planet through EarthHourKids.org. Play the Geo Bee, take our Earth Hour Power Quiz, and practice Earth Hour every day with the Memory Game.
WE'RE NOTHING WITHOUT YOU... AND YOUR FRIENDS... AND THEIR FRIENDS: Our planet urgently needs your help. Don't be shy about urging friends and family to support Earth Hour. Share the details for turning out on March 28 at 8:30 p.m. and invite them to become part of this historic call for global action on climate change.
When in doubt...VOTE EARTH! Thanks for your support.
The Earth Hour US Team
© Shepard Fairey
March 28, 2009