Where will you be when the lights go out?
Wherever you happen to be in the world on March 28th at 8:30 p.m., you’re likely to find a city or community somewhere nearby that is making plans to turn out the lights for Earth Hour. With less than six weeks to go, more than 500 cities around the world have officially agreed to go dark in support of global action on climate change, putting us halfway to our global goal of 1,000 cities!
Here are some highlights of what’s going on around Earth Hour 2009 as we countdown the days…
NASHVILLE—NOT AFRAID OF THE DARK: Earth Hour launched in Music City with a distinctive twang, as recording artist Jo Dee Messina joined Mayor Karl Dean and city officials at a musical press conference at The Stage on Lower Broadway. The event included live performances by Kathy Mattea and Big Kenny (Big & Rich). Other Nashville superstars pledging to turn out against climate change include Amy Grant, Dierks Bentley, SHeDAISY, Lady Antebellum, Vince Gill and Wynonna Judd. Read all about it and check out the video at www.earthhourUS.org.
THE STARS AND STRIPES ARE ALIGNING: Houston, TX; Santa Rosa, CA; St Louis, MO; Sarasota, FL; Minneapolis, MN; and Valdosta, GA signed up to be part of Earth Hour 2009. They join Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York City and San Francisco. You say your hometown hasn’t yet seen the light? Visit http://www.earthhourus.org/toolkits.php for tool and tips for bringing Earth Hour to your local community.
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU ANNOUNCES HIS SUPPORT: “Climate change is the greatest human induced crisis facing the world today. It is totally indiscriminate of race, culture and religion. It affects every human being on the planet. Earth Hour is an opportunity for every man, woman and child from all corners of the globe to come together with a united voice and make a loud and powerful statement on the issue of climate change.”
THESE STARS SHINE BRIGHT WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT: Celebrities lending their name and support to Earth Hour 2009 include Cate Blanchett, Alanis Morrisette, Finger Eleven, Gavin DeGraw, Janeane Garofalo, Jars of Clay, Jennette McCurdy, Justin Nozuka, KT Tunstall, Mary Mary, Michael Nouri, Rise Against, Simple Plan, Terri Clark, and The Veronicas.
EARTH HOUR—THE NEW BLACK: Says Clinton Kelly from TLC’s What Not To Wear: “Earth Hour represents a new way of thinking that we, as shared users of a common planet, must adopt if we have any intention of ensuring a healthy environment for generations to come. It’s about conscious thought, living in the moment. First, think for a moment about how much energy you really need. Then you’ll realize how much you waste. Then, just stop wasting it. It’s as simple as that.”
BACK TO MY OLD SCHOOL: The University of Miami became the first American campus to officially sign up to turn off, but was quickly joined by Michigan State, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Virginia, Belmont, Columbia, Ohio University, Howard University, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Spellman, University of Missouri, St. Louis and Vanderbilt. Don’t see your alma mater on the list? It’s not too late! Tell your campus to turn out and take action. Check out the campus toolkit at http://www.earthhourus.org/action_college_students.php
I GOT THE POWER: 10,000 college students from across the nation will converge on Washington DC on February 27–March 2 for Power Shift ’09, asking for “bold, comprehensive and immediate federal climate action.” http://www.powershift09.org/ Earth Hour Project Director Meg Pearce and Campus Organizer Sophie Latham will be there holding a special session on how to be part of Earth Hour 2009, the largest global climate event in history.
CELEBRATE EARTH HOUR WITH WIND POWER: Earth Hour 2009 sponsor Esurance makes it easy to offset your vehicle’s CO2 emissions. This special deal is only available for a limited time, so visit www.esurance.com/EarthHour to get all the details and sign up! And if you haven’t yet seen the new Esurance TV ad supporting Earth Hour, check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1hSF2-ggMY
WE COULDN’T DO THIS WITHOUT THEIR SUPPORT: While we might wish that Earth Hour could be powered by wind or solar energy, we must rely on the generosity of our national sponsors for 2009, including Esurance, The Coca-Cola Company, Cox Conserves, Wells Fargo, and HP. If your company or organization can support Earth Hour 2009, please drop us an email at EarthHour@WWFUS.org.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar…Earth Hour is March 28, 2009, at 8:30 pm.
The Earth Hour Team
Turn Out. Take Action.
March 28, 2009