We have only one planet, the Earth - our home. It has been under attack from it's human inhabitants from all sides through pollution, global warming, ecosystem unbalance, extinction of many animal species and the list goes on. We have felt the warning signs of the Earth's distress and many times we have chosen to ignore them in the past. But we have reached a critical point now where we must begin to pay attention and learn to change our ways if we are going to have home for our children's children and beyond. Earth hour is held once a year to remind us of our obligation to live within the Earth's finite means in order to continue to call this planet our home.

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is a worldwide event that is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. Earth Hour was conceived by WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney's lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. Earth Hour 2012 will take place on March 31, 2012 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the participant's local time.

In February, Earth Hour launched its 2012 campaign, “I Will If You Will”, with the intention of engaging its growing global community to go beyond the hour and coordinate their efforts publicly through Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and email. Using a dedicated YouTube platform, IWIYW asks Earth Hour's digital community to inspire people from all corners of the globe to take sustainability actions, and to share their commitment to the environment with their own social media networks.

Executive Director and Co-Founder Andy Ridley said, "Earth Hour’s challenge is no longer to connect people; the challenge is to offer a reason to connect. Any movement of change begins with symbolism - it’s a needed step to prove enough people care about an issue. Earth Hour is past the beginning now, and lots of people are switching their lights off every year in March. We’re now at the stage of taking it beyond the hour."

Further proof of Earth Hour's change in direction came when it was announced its global headquarters was moving from Sydney to Singapore. A launch event took place at ION Orchard on February 20, where it was announced that the move was supported by Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB).

Youtube, following the previous year's example, changed its logo and added a switch on/off feature near the title of each video, so that users can change the background color from white to black.
Source ~ Wikipedia

Earth Hour 2012 Official Video

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