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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Earth Hour Ahead: Saturday, March 23

It's one of those weeks where a LOT is going on.  Eco-speaking, that is.

You've got World Water Day this Friday, March 22nd, and Earth Hour, this Saturday night, March 23, 8:30--9:30.
If you've been following along here at GTG, you already know a bit about World Water Day through Part 1, Part 2, and my all time favorite video (a blast from the past).

But, unless you've been here for years, you might be questioning, "What is Earth Hour?" Well, as you can imagine, I've already had a lot to say on that here at GTG (so check my archives).  But, lucky for you, I'm no where near done.

This Saturday, March 23rd, is all about Earth Hour.  I find it fascinating that I find myself getting a little choked up about it every time.  It is so powerful, and Earth Hour speaks to me on a number of levels:

Historically:  This is my 5th year participating, one way or another, whether it be a home event with buddies or a school event with games.  I've spoken on behalf of Earth Hour at the Maryland House of Delegates in February 2011, I've seen it grow exponentially.  (Check out my graph of Earth Hour participants by # of countries and cities.)

Via Empowerment and Activism:  Earth Hour takes on a life and energy of its own--I love taking part in it. I love energizing kids about it each year as we watch the videos, brainstorm about it, and write persuasive paragraphs about it.  The kids can even see that by turning off your lights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm your time zone, you are a part of something big.  That truly is the definition of awe-inspiring!

This year we'll be at a school sponsored event, where due to the logistics, our time is lessened, which is a bit of a bummer, but still you are one who is small, taking part in one something that is globally big.

Watch the Official Earth Hour 2013 video and feel the need to be a part of something big...a part of something global!! Then turn out your lights this Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 in your time zone and watch the "wave" of "de-illumination" take place!!


Video and header from www.earthhour.org; graph created using Earth Hour Statistics (from their website) as created on the Create A Graph Website.

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