What started in 1 city in 2007, has spread to over 5000 cities, across 135 countries. Born in Sydney, the Earth Hour event is not about saving one hours electricity, as people switch off their non-essential appliances at 8.30pm on Saturday 31 March. It's about uniting a global community, with the goal of creating a more sustainable planet. It symbolizes the collective power of individuals and encourages everyone to make a difference and reduce the environmental impact we have on planet earth.
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So what can you do? Sign up to show your support – it's as simple as that. Now you have the perfect excuse to throw a party. Organise an "Earth Hour Unplugged" event - a party that includes an hour without power. Visit the Earth Hour website to find or host an event.
Live music with your guests, supper under the stars, stories by candlelight, hot chocolate star gazing, a barbeque, have a camp out in the back yard, take memorable photos and share them later on Facebook – the only limit is your imagination and the will to be involved. Make candle lanterns using a brown paper bag with sand in the bottom and a tealight. When you light the candle, the bag will glow. Looks beautiful around a pool or along your driveway. Light sparklers and give your kids glow sticks (great for seeing where they are in the dark too).
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Check out the "I will, if you will" challenge. Andy Ridley, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Earth Hour, has pledged to get in the water with a great white shark if 10,000 Earth Hour supporters create their own I Will If You Will challenge. Click here for more info and to submit your own challenge.
So what are you doing for Earth Hour? Make it a weekend to take part in.