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Published on March 3rd, 2009 | by adamwilliams

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu Supports Earth Hour

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is getting behind the symbolic call for global action against climate change that is Earth Hour. From 8:30-9:30 p.m. (local time) on Saturday, March 28, major swaths of urbanized Earth will go dark in the name of unity.

All anyone has to do is sit, relax, socialize. Maybe in the dark, maybe by candle light. Whatever. It’s a World Wildlife Fund-led global party that may just offer city-dwellers the stars above, a rarely viewable pleasure for sure.

Tutu is on the bandwagon, saying:

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.

If we all perform this one simple act together, it will send a message to our governments too powerful for them to ignore. They will know the eyes of the world are watching.

Two years ago, when Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million households dropped the switch, killing the lights for that one hour. Now, the goal is to get 1 billion people to make the move, the tiny move, of turning off the lights.

Around 750 cities in 80 countries have signed up for the effort. And countless individuals and families are on board, too.

Critics say, “What’s the point?” Well, sure, this one hour’s worth of electricity savings doesn’t revolutionize the world, but to see the numbers of conscious Earth Hour supporters swell from 2 million to 1 billion in only 700+ days? That should warm the heart that people care and, when united, can make a difference.

This isn’t about turning back climate change in one hour. It’s about unification of purpose and spirit. So join Desmond Tutu. Would a Nobel Peace Prize winner steer us wrong?

Click here to sign-up, simply voicing interest in participation, as an individual, school, city or other organization.



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  • http://perfectrelations.com anchal ghosh

    I agree with you…its a symbolic event…can’t think of another event like this where the whole world gets together.

    Aamir Khan, the noted actor and filmmaker is the brand ambassador for Earth Hour.

    Corporates that have joined hands with the campaign are- Wipro (comprising of 1 lakh Wipro employees), Google,PVR Films (11 PVR cinema halls in Delhi and Mumbai),HSBC (comprising of 35,000 HSBC employees), 14 ITC properties,ITCWelcomegroup (comprising of select hretiage resorts and Luxury hotels),Indian Hotels,Taj Hotel Mumbai,HUDCO,Standard Chartered India,HP (comprising of all HP campuses)

  • http://www.yahoo.com Bobby B.

    In the grand spirit of my upcoming 18th Annual Earth Day Barbecue, I will have virtually every electronic device that I own switched to the “ON” position during Earth Hour. ;-)

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