Again this year, on Saturday March 28th, between 8:30 and 9:30pm (local time wherever you are), Earth Hour 2009 is encouraging everyone to turn off their lights for one hour. A simple action where, “Your Light Switch is Your Vote.”
The Earth Hour movement began in Australia in 2007. That year, the lights in more than 2 million homes and businesses in Sydney were turned off for just one hour. Last year, that number grew around the world and it is estimated that more than 50 million people participated.
I love the way this YouTube video starts off with a single voice asking the question “I am just one person. What can I do about global warming?” and then grows to a whole chorus asking the same question. It highlights the achievements of Earth Hour organizers in the past and shares their call to action for this weekend.
This Saturday, the organizers of the Earth Hour movement are hoping the number of participants will grow to one billion. Petro-Canada will be among those. Similar to last year, for reasons of safety and security, we have decided that it is important to leave the lights on at our retail sites; however, we will be turning off the lights at our corporate offices and encouraging employees and associates across the country who want to make a small contribution in the fight against climate change, to turn the lights off at home.
“I am just one person. What can I do about global warming?” I can encourage you on Saturday, March 28th, between 8:30 and 9:30pm: Be one in a billion.