It is that time of year again, Earth Hour is ready to hit this year on March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm and we hope you are all ready for it. My wife and I are observing it as part of Our Green Year, and we hope everyone else can as well.
So, what does it entail to be a part of Earth Hour? Well, it is quite simple actually. All it takes is turning off your lights for one hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm to help raise awareness of energy conservation. While last year was the event’s first worldwide test, it proved to be incredibly successful. An estimated 36 to 50 million people worldwide took part in Earth Hour, helping to save energy and raise awareness about energy conservation.
Some uplifting stats from the event include:
- Bangkok decreased its energy use by 73.34 megawatts, which amounts to 41.6 tonnes of CO2
- Toronto dropped its power usage by 8.7 percent and saved 900 megawatts.
- Ireland reduced its energy use during that hour by 1.5 percent in the evening.
- In Dubai, 100 megawatt hours of electricity was saved, which amounted to a 2.4 percent reduction during that time.
New Zealand had the best drop in electricity demand, dropping by 13
percent during that hour. New Zealand as a whole saved 335 megawatts.
- Melbourne, Australia saved 10.1 percent, while Sydney saved 8.4 percent in power.
the worst result on Earth came from our own backyard, Calgary. During
Earth Hour, the power consumption of the city actually increased 3.6
Many people have criticized Earth Hour as nothing more than a publicity stunt, but they are wrong. Earth Hour is very important because it is showing us that we need to turn out lights off on occasion to help save energy. It is showing us that if we cannot turn our lights off for just one hour out of the entire year, which amounts to 8,760 hours, then there may be no hope for us at all. That one hour amounts to just a fraction of a percent of the total hours in a year. It is not asking for much, it is just asking that we turn our lights off for one hour out of the year.
Look around your neighborhood during Earth Hour and see what your neighbors are doing. Are they turning off their lights? Are they leaving all their lights on? Be the non-shining example of your neighborhood by turning off all your lights and encouraging your neighbors to do the same.