Tomorrow, on Saturday, 29th March, 8.30 PM- 9.30 PM, millions of people around the world will join in switching off their lights for Earth Hour. This marks the eighth annual Earth Hour, the largest environment campaign in history.
The bold and beautiful initiative was first taken in Sydney, Australia in 2007 with over 2.2 million homes and businesses turning off their lights to raise awareness against the threat of climate change. In 2012, the event was observed in more than 7,000 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories. Earth Hour 2013 too saw a phenomenal increase with major global landmarks going dark.
We, at authorSTREAM, are more than glad to join the noble initiative this year and flip the switches off in our building. We hope that you too will join us in doing our bit for the planet. Switching off lights does not necessarily mean a black out. You only need to switch off non-essential lights and devices in your home or office. It’s not that difficult, right?
In fact, each one of us should go beyond the hour and keep the Earth Hour spirit alive all year long. Here are some ways we can do that:
- Unplug your appliances when not in use
- Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs for they use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer
- Take stairs and avoid the elevator, if you can
- Turn off the television and computer when not in use
- Use an energy efficient dishwasher
Even though these may help us save energy and reduce carbon emissions only to a small extent, we are still showing our commitment towards the planet and doing our bit for a better future, right! That is exactly what Earth Hour is all about.
So, regardless of where you live, don’t forget to switch off lights at 8.30 PM.