Thoughtful Thursdays: I Will if You Will

Published March 29, 2012

Earth Hour On Saturday, March 31, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (local time) Earth Hour will once again cascade across the globe. Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour asks individuals, businesses, and government leaders to turn out all non-essential lighting for one hour as a movement to demand action on climate change. The National Aquarium is working with staff at both venues to turn off all unnecessary lighting and other electronic devices during that time. We will stand in the dark alongside other international cities and iconic landmarks, from the Las Vegas Strip to the Eiffel Tower to the Great Pyramids of Giza. Here's a quick video clip of the Aquarium going dark for Earth Hour last year: This year WWF is asking people, What are you willing to do to save the planet? People all over the world, including lots of celebrities, are really getting into the spirit by making commitments saying what they'll do if other people will take action to protect the planet. The commitments range from inspiring to borderline-dangerous to hilarious! Check out all the "I will if you will" dares on Earth Hour's YouTube channel and accept someone's challenge or submit your own! And then make plans to embrace your dark side on Saturday night—light some candles and play a board game with your family or enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner. This one hour of darkness may result in a small reduction of energy consumption, but it paints a powerful picture of behavioral change needed to combat climate change. Join us as we stand among hundreds of millions of people to call for action on climate change! Learn more about Earth Hour at earthhour.org.
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