The new “Lights Off” List:

“On March 27 at 8:30 pm lights will go out everywhere on Earth in a global call for action against environmental destruction and climate change.” ~ WWF Australia

Earth Hour is a global initiative – which has its origins in Sydney, Australia, 2007 when 2.2 million homes and businesses shut off their lights in a bold climate change statement.

See http://www.earthhour.org

To read more about turning off your lights to register your support of ‘Earth Hour’

This year the world organizers are anticipating One Billion, to turn out their lights for Earth Hour. Across the world, 200+ cities are participating in the Climate Action event, and 105 countries have signed on to the project. In 2010 Earth Hour reaches new heights, as the world’s three tallest buildings – the new Burj Khalifa in Dubai, CN Tower in Toronto, and Taipei 101 in Taiwan... are all flicking their light switches to “Off”.

Across Australia, iconic buildings and landmarks of our metropolises will be ‘blacked out’! The “lights off” list, including Melbourne’s Luna Park, Rialto Tower, Arts Centre and Crown Casino; in Brisbane, the Story Bridge, the Town Hall and Rundle Mall Lantern in Adelaide; and in the nation’s capital, Canberra, The National Library and Australian War Memorial, and across beautiful and stunning Sydney, of course, renowned icons including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower, Harbour Bridge, and Luna Park.

As an Australian, I am proud to be a part of a country that is demonstrating the importance of asserting a low-carbon resolution to climate change.

Another very informative and interesting link follows. below: Click to read:

http://knowledge.allianz.com/en/globalissues/climate_change/top_climate_stories/earth_hour_2010_andy_ridley_wwf/article771.html

Personally, I don’t think this effort is nearly enough. But at least it asserts a consciousness, which is uniform in its approach to respecting and identifying the issue of climate change, and people’s efforts globally to make a change, to make a difference, and to band together on this issue; at the very least I believe it demonstrates that.

On the other hand, from a cursory look at the information on the relevant websites outlined above, can glean the cynical eye, also the issues of commercialization, corporate sponsorship, and sensationalism, all of which are necessary threads to our current world wide web.

Showing a general care and concern for our environment is not substituted by a showy “turning off the lights”, for an occasion of one hour a year. I would rather use an energy efficient bulb, year-round, or other such means to lessen the toll on the environment.

Anyhoo – must fly!

Bird. xx

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~ by Teena Davidson on March 23, 2010.

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