Earth Hour 2012 | #IWIYW

By Lynn Ponder: Today is Earth Hour and around the globe many initiatives are taking place to raise awareness for climate change and to encourage support for environmentally sustainable action.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 for one hour, beginning at 8:30pm in each time zone Earth Hour a global initiative led by World Wildlife Fund, encourages individuals around the world to PLEASE shut off their lights.

Buildings, landmarks and individuals, The International Space Station will also participate in Earth Hour, as its crew watches the world’s lights dim from above.

In 2012 a fun challenge was launched with the slogan Earth Hour: 60+, this campaign encourages participants to go beyond the hour and continue to take actions for the planet. The idea is to do amazing and somewhat bizarre things daring other people to accept a challenge. Hashtag on Twitter is #IWIYW “I Will if You Will”.

In the Sports world, the National Hockey League will be taking part in Earth Hour. All 30 NHL teams have pledge to dim the lights tonight, including the 20 clubs that will be on the ice this evening. “For the NHL, the success of this event is about more than turning the lights off for one hour. It is about changing the way our sport approaches energy consumption.” Quote by Bernadette Mansur, SVP of NHL Green.

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has grown in subsequent years. According to the initiative’s website, 2011’s Earth Hour was observed in over 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries. Earth Hour’s website reported Friday that a record 147 countries and territories are preparing to take part in the event.

Sydney’s Opera House is scheduled to go dark, followed by Asian landmarks such as the Great Wall of China, the Tokyo Tower, Taipei 101 and the India Gate. In Dubai, the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, will switch off its lights.

Also when observing Earth Hour, it is important to think about the ways you can save energy year-round. Many articles have been written and we would like to share Technorati 3 Ways to a Greener Planet During Earth Hour!

Countdown Earth Hour tonight coming fast: Will you turn off the lights please ☺