Earth Hour 2012 - Will you go dark? Inspiration from Bruce Springsteen

…a blog series by EcoSmart Products for the love of planet you-know-who  

Idea #3: Shut it down for Earth Hour

The city that never sleeps may not exactly be going to bed, but it's turning out the lights. For the Las Vegas Strip to power down, you know that something big  must be happening. Earth-Hour-big.  The 7th annual Earth Hour takes place this Saturday March 31 at 8:30pm. Last year Earth Hour participation reached 1.8 billion people in 135 countries across all seven continents. This year, some of the landmarks that will go dark include:
  • The Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • The Empire State Building, New York City
  • The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai
  • The Leaning Tower in Pisa, Italy
  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Australia
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio
  • The Bird’s Nest in Beijing
  • The Tokyo Tower
  • The India Gate
  • The Vatican
  • The United Nations, New York City
  • Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, London
"These landmarks will provide a visually spectacular reminder of what can be done when individuals, organisations and governments act together.”

-Andy Ridley, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Earth Hour.

What do you think? Is Earth Hour an act of solidarity and commitment, a renewal of our focus on sustainability? Or is it more like a ritual, a trend, with no real staying power?

For my part, I see Earth Hour as creating a spark, or as The Boss puts it:

Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen)

You can't start a fire You can't start a fire without a spark This gun's for hire Even if we're just dancing in the dark ... You can't start a fire Worrying about your little world falling apart This gun's for hire Even if we're just dancing in the dark Even if we're just dancing in the dark Even if we're just dancing in the dark
  Check out the official Earth Hour website to find out how you can get involved, or read stories of inspiration from around the world.

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