Earth Hour in 2008 was an amazing global event. Towns, villages, and cities across America and around the world turned out their lights for a mere hour to voice their concerns and make a difference about climate change .
On March 29th, people all around the planet turned off their lights to make a statement: to help find new ways to reduce their impact on the environment, and to start a movement that ends with a solution to the common challenge we all face like global warming.
Millions of Americans alone, in cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, and San Francisco and hundreds of other smaller communities joined together in this event. Elsewhere around the world, countries spanning five continents did the same, from dozens of other communities large and small–joined mayors, citizens’ groups, schools and corporations from coast to coast. Around the globe, people on five continents took part, from Poland to Zimbabwe.
Earth Hour broke down cultural, religious, and geographic boundaries and walls. People from all around the world came together to work toward a better world. And for those skeptics to whom the figure: energy use reduced 10.2%, does not matter, the fact that this event brought all of us together in union is reason enough to support this movement.