Earth Hour: Saturday, 8:30 PM Local Time

earth-apollo-17Earth Hour encourages you to turn your lights off this Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 PM in your local time zone to support anti-global warming efforts ahead of the  upcoming Global Climate Change Conference.

From the site:

This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.

[…] WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.

This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.

Interestingly, Earth Hour is not asking you to go without all your electronic devices… just lights. In fact, they’re encouraging you to take photos (um, with flash, I guess) to upload to Flickr, videos to upload to YouTube, and to even live blog your hour.

I probably won’t be home at 8:30 PM this Saturday, so my lights will already be off.

PS: This is one of the comments (and the accompanying profile pic) currently on the Earth Hour website:

erkgbcxlt91b4lgrtcypbe3adcmhaiclkooc04pjhtbbxho35chqiultbaxk6nvkel2z0yueq9qbykllxtt6smpaujznwoekgcql57bxf24 I plan to turn on every light, every electronic device and am planning to spank my monkey to the glory of excessive energy usage during this hour!!! Go ahead buy into the ********* as if you will make any difference.

Love it!

Update: Newsday is reporting that (some? all?) Times Square billboards, the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, and the decorative light “necklaces” on East River bridges will all go off in observance of the event.

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