At 8:30pm tonight (AEST), more than 7,000 cities and towns from 152 countries, across all 7 continents will switch off. These amazing numbers of participants mean that Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world.
People across the globe will switch their lights off for an hour, as a massive show of concern for the environment. If you want to stay up to date with the campaign, you can watch http://earthhourlive.org/ or watch #EarthHour on Twitter.
While a single hour of electricity usage may not represent much compared to the other 8,736 hours throughout the year. The goal of Earth Hour is really awareness and make people and governments consider their energy usage. Most Australian’s have seen large price rices in their electricity bills, which is likely to be the real driver for behavioural change. If nothing else, take some time to look down your street tonight, there’s a good chance the rest of the houses in your neighbourhood will be turned off.
I guess laptops and smart phones that run from battery are still ok for use during the hour?