Saturday, March 26, 2011

Earth Hour

The global recognition of sustainable energy futures is recognized tonight at 8:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time during Earth Hour. It's held on the last Saturday in March during one of the times of the Spring and Autumn equinoxes as it allows for near coincidental sunset times in both hemispheres.

Earth Hour is organized by World Wildlife Foundation. With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries/territories, it’s one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.

In Southern California, our local events will include the Queen Mary blasting its horn at 8:30 p.m. to indicate the beginning of Earth Hour. Then the Long Beach landmark will turn off lights on its smokestacks, the string of lights atop the ship and other areas as well as encourage guests staying in staterooms to do likewise. Globally, many corporations and businesses are taking part.

Beyond the hour, there's many things all industries and homes can do to cut down on energy use that's no longer cheap and adopt practices not lethal to planetary ecosystems. There's an interactive web site here.

Update: Santa Monica's Pacific Wheel made a counter-statement by turning off its solar-powered LED's for Earth Hour.
In Los Angeles, the second biggest city in the United States, the 100-foot-tall pylons, which mark the entrance to the Los Angeles International Airport, glowed solid green an hour before the event and then went dark.