Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on March 24, 2008
Wanna avoid the ethical faux pas of the year? Don’t throw a house party on Saturday, March 29th — unless you’re happy to play Scrabble by candlelight (which wouldn’t really qualify as a house party, more like a board game gathering). Because that’s the day Earth Hour will be celebrated. At 8pm, “millions of people, buildings and landmarks will turn off their lights for one hour.”
What started out as a Sydney-based WWF event last year has become a global movement this year. Major cities like Copenhagen, Chicago, Tel Aviv, Manila, Toronto and San Francisco will take part in this worldwide effort to bring awareness to the issue of climate change. The simple message of turning off the lights is meant to remind us of the need for action on global warming. According to earthhour.org, last year “families, companies, schools, football clubs, restaurants, musicians, religious groups” — seriously? – and, most importantly, celebrities took part in the initiative. This year is proving to be bigger and better.
Stars including Pete Wentz, Nicole Kidman and Dolly Parton will throw their assets… I mean, support… behind the event. Singer Nelly Furtado will go one further by giving a free concert in Canada. So, if you live near global landmarks like Sydney’s Opera House, the Golden Gate Bridge or the Sears Tower, don’t be surprised when they go dark for an hour on the 29th.
Just be ready with your candles and scrabble boards.