What you can do Turning your lights off for an hour is a great start. However, there are many other things you can do to continue the success of Earth Hour 2009.
Sign Up Now. Become a part of Earth Hour and get useful tips and tools to reduce your carbon footprint everyday
Tell A Friend. Better still – tell them, your family and even your work mates. Encourage them to sign up. Email them a link to this website and mobilise even more people!
Tell Your Story. How is climate change affecting your family and your community? We want to hear how you're becoming part of the solution.
Your Earth Hour. What were you doing at 8.30pm on Saturday March 28? We're keen to know what you did for Earth Hour 2009. If you'd like to share it with us then please send us an email describing with as much detail as you can what you did to email@example.com. Don't forget to include your name, where you live (City and Country), and your contact telephone number including your country code.
Blogger Tool Kit: Create a blog post about the importance of global action on climate change and how participation in Earth Hour makes a difference. Make sure you tag in earthhour or voteearth.
Help us capture the vote by uploading your photos from the night to Earth Hour's flickr group and tagging them with your country and city. And by uploading videos of your Earth Hour event to our YouTube group.
The Earth Hour 12 Second Video ChallengeOur supporters showed us what to do in the dark during Earth Hour by making a 12 second video practice run. Check them out by visiting http://12seconds.tv/earthhour
Africa, where climate change impacts particularly on water supplies and arable land are already severe, joined in Earth Hour with South African Archbishop, Desmond Tutu, describing Earth Hour as a global vote for action on climate change and potentially “one of the greatest social movements the world has ever witnessed.”
“Climate change is the greatest human-induced crisis facing the world today,” said the Nobel Prize winner. “It is totally indiscriminate of race, culture and religion. It affects every human being on the planet." “If we all perform this one simple act together, it will send a message to our governments too powerful for them to ignore.”
South Africans took his advice to heart, turning off their lights in droves. Footage of the floodlights on Cape Town’s Table Mountain going off were shown around the world. Cape Town’s main celebration was at one of South Africa’s most visited tourist attractions, the V&A Waterfront, which hosted A Concert in the Dark.
Louis Heyneman, CEO, Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, said: “It is an honour for the CPO to make its contribution to a global initiative like Earth Hour, and to present the power of music in a different light.”
The orchestra played a number of light classics, including Von Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, Johan Strauss II’s Blue Danube Waltz, and Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Waltz No. 5.
In Johannesburg, the Soweto Gospel Choir celebrated Earth Hour in Mandela Square as the lights went off in twelve notable buildings from the Jabulani Civic to the Roodepoort Civic Centre.