Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia and has quickly become a global sustainability movement. The event symbolizes that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in protecting our future and that of future generations.
On Saturday, March 23, 2013, Carmel will join cities around the world to conserve energy and turn off the lights on pollution. By taking part in this global 'lights out' event, Carmel acknowledges its commitment to actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead.
"The City is pleased to support Earth Hour this year to emphasize the importance of conserving our energy resources. This is a symbolic event in which every single person can participate. Our city prides itself on being environmentally friendly, and this is one more way we can encourage our residents and businesses to conserve our energy resources," said Mayor Jim Brainard.
The City of Carmel encourages residents and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights, computers, cars and other electronic items as part of the worldwide Earth Hour event taking place on this Saturday, March 23, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. The City itself will participate by turning out all of the lights in and around City Hall as it has for the past three years. For more information on Earth Hour, visit www.earthhour.org.
On Saturday, March 31, 2012, Carmel joined cities around the world to conserve energy and turn off the lights on pollution. By taking part in this global 'lights out' event, Carmel acknowledges its commitment to actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead.
The City of Carmel participated by turning out all of the lights in and around City Hall as it has for the past two years and encourages residents and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights, computers, cars and other electronic to conserve our energy resources. For more information on Earth Hour, visit www.earthhour.org. View proclamation .
Over 300 Carmel area youth from 7 Carmel Clay Schools and 4 Carmel Girl Scout Troops participated in the 2012 Earth Hour - Earth Day art contest to learn about energy conservation and earth stewardship. The artwork featured here was selected for its message on energy conservation. Read more.
The global community has come out in force for Earth Hour as social media has energized and inspired communities across the Middle East, Africa and Europe to unite for a common cause – the protection of the planet.
From former war-torn countries to the great cities of Europe, Earth Hour is being celebrated by all walks of life as it offers an hour of inspiration to change our future to one that is sustainable.
As ESA Astronaut Andre Kuipers is watching over Earth from the International Space Station, using Twitter to share photos of areas under threat like the Amazon, Nelson Mandela, the Former President of South Africa tweeted, "Let us stand together to make of our world a sustainable source for our future as humanity on this planet" #NelsonMandela #EarthHour”.
Facebook has been used to coordinate Earth Hour in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq as well as in Libya’s capital Tripoli, which was run by nineteen-year-old Mohammad Nattah and Muhammad Bugashata.
Earth Hour celebrations were held at the Red Saraya Museum and Martyrs' Square - the site where thousands of men, women, and children celebrated the end of the Qaddafi regime. With the help of the local scout team, Libya's second biggest city Benghazi also took part with lights turning off at Al Daawa al-Islamiyah Trade building, Tebisty Hotel and Keash Square.
Thousands of I Will If You Will challenges have been made since Earth Hour’s journey across the globe began in South Pacific Island of Samoa just over 12 hours ago. More than 100,000 individuals have already promised to adopt sustainability practices by accepting the challenges on YouTube and Facebook.
“From Beijing to Berlin, from Singapore to San Francisco, people are turning out their lights tonight to signal their concern about the future of our life on this earth,” said WWF International Director General Jim Leape, speaking from a pedal powered concert in the shadow of Castel Sant’Angelo as famous landmarks in Rome and the Vatican went dark for Ora Della Terra celebrations.
“This is a night when we come together as single global community demanding action and committing ourselves to act in our own lives. So it is a symbol tonight, but it is also a dedication to each of us taking action to do what we can do to help make life more sustainable on this planet.”
“Social media is not just connecting the world but is becoming the primary organizing tool for citizens to take action. People from over 150 countries across the globe are harnessing the power of online platforms to physically care for the future of the planet,” Earth Hour Co-Founder and Executive Director, Andy Ridley said.
We hope you participated in Earth Hour 2011 when millions of people around the world will came together by doing something quite simple—turning off non-essential lights and electrical equipment for one hour.
Victoria’s Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr joined forces with Earth Hour and Myspace to unite people across the globe to work together with common purpose to protect the one thing we all have in common – the planet. Read more.
Earth Hour 2011 has reached record participation, with 131 countries and territories registered to switch off. Many countries will be officially joining in for the first time, including: Lebanon, Jamaica, Iran, Uganda, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Chad, Azerbaijan, Gibraltar, Palestine, Suriname, Uzbekistan, Trinidad & Tobago and Lesotho.
Earth Hour 2012 takes place on March 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm—local time.
The date was set in March because it is close to the Spring Equinox, a period when the most number of countries around the world will experience darkness around 8:30 p.m.
Earth Hour isn't about how much energy is saved during one hour. The idea behind Earth Hour is that by working together, each one of us can make a difference on the issue of climate change. By doing something as simple as turning off the lights, we send a visual symbol to the world's leaders that we are counting on them to work together to find solutions to climate change.
Earth Hour is a non-partisan event. When it comes to caring about the future of our planet, we all have a stake as citizens of the world regardless of other political beliefs and affiliations.
Earth Hour turns off non-essential lighting and electronics only. Lights necessary for public safety will not go out. Nonessential lighting has been turned out safely, without any events in more than 1,000 cities worldwide.
Earth Hour is nonexclusive, and everyone is encouraged to participate.
WWF has designated a limited number of “flagship cities” in the US where it will devote resources to make sure the lights actually do go out. In 2009 those cities include: Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York and San Francisco. In addition, WWF will be seeking the support of Washington DC and the federal government.
Many US cities will also participate as “supporting cities.” To become an official supporting city, a proclamation or some type of official confirmation that the event is supported by the local governing body of that community must be sent to WWF.
Carmel, Indiana has participated in Earth Hour 2009, 2010 and 2011 along with over 4,000 towns and cities across the globe.
World Wildlife Fund is the organization behind Earth Hour, but many other groups and NGOs are also supporting Earth Hour.