Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 and has taken place worldwide every year thereafter. The purpose of Earth Hour is to take a stand against climate change. With close to five million people supporting the World Wide Fund (WWF) organization, it is one of the largest conservation organizations. This year’s Earth Hour occurred on Saturday, March 26th, 2011, where people around the world switched off their lights for one hour, starting at 8:30 PM, some longer if they so desired.
The main reason people chose to participate in Earth Hour is because our future depends on it. Conserving energy is a big deal in our lifetimes. Saving energy doesn’t mean you have to drive a hybrid car. It could be something as easy as turning your lights off when you are not in the room, opening windows instead of turning on the air conditioner in your home, or separating your recyclables. Each person who contributes to this global change is very important. Doing simple things to conserve energy will benefit our earth in the future. Earth Hour has contributed to our awareness of energy conservation by starting this global tradition.