earth hourEarth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned off their lights for one hour to take a stand against climate change.  A year later, Earth Hour had become a global event with more than 50 million people across 35 countries taking part.

Organized by the WWF, Earth Hour 2011 encouraged people to go ‘beyond the hour’ by committing to on-going action for the good of the planet.  Earth Hour 2012 launched the ‘I Will If You Will’ campaign on YouTube, and saw more than 6,950 cities and towns in 152 countries (Zimbabwe was added last year!) and territories switching off their lights.

Challenge yourself, your friends and family to support this effort sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund on 23 March from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. by switching off your lights for one hour!  If you have no power that day, then you’re already ahead!

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Submitted by the U.S. Embassy Green Team