What is Earth Hour? Earth Hour is an annual event during which participants turn off lights and non-essential electronics in homes and business for one hour simultaneously around the world. The event is a symbolic “wave of darkness” that encircles the globe, encouraging hundreds of millions of people to participate in the largest single environmental event on the planet. In 2011, more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide participated in Earth Hour. In addition, many members pledged to go “Beyond the Hour” in committing to help cultivate a more sustainable planet. During the 2013 event in Columbia, Water & Light estimated that we reduced our electric load by 2 megawatts – the equivalent of 80 homes going without electricity for an entire day.
When is Earth Hour? This year, Earth hour takes place in Columbia from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. Check back soon for details on a kick off event.
Why should we care? Earth Hour represents everything that we can do to protect the future of our planet. In order to create a better future for our planet, we must work together toward the same goal.
Who started all of this? Earth Hour is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries/territories, WWF one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.
How can you get involved? You can personally pledge to participate in this year's Earth Hour event by promising to turn off all lights in your home, and or business. Send an email to Brenna Reed @ email@example.com to receive the pledge, and Earth Hour 2015 poster you can use to put on display and acknowledge your pledge. Tweet using the #CoMoEarthHour #YourPower, and tell your friends and family to participate as well. So far those that have pledged to 'go dark' for the hour are the City, Makes Scents, We Always Swing Jazz, The Center Project, Lincoln Financial Advisors, Tallulahs, Sycamore, Ragtag, Boone County Bank, The Broadway and KOPN.
To go “Beyond the Hour”, visit "I Will If You Will" to see all the challenges and create your own.
Columbians care! During the 2012 celebration of Earth Hour, Columbia participated by dimming or turning off the lights around the city. City Hall and Jesse Hall were among the buildings that were dimmed.