On March 19 as the clock strikes 8:30 p.m., businesses and residents in our community will turn off their lights for one hour. These Evanstonians won’t just be sitting in the dark – they’ll be taking a stand in the fight against climate change as a part of Earth Hour, a global event organized by the World Wildlife Fund to promote renewable energy.
Evanston has celebrated Earth Hour before, and the City invites all city businesses and residents to celebrate again this year.
- What: Earth Hour 2016
- When: From 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 19, 2016
- Where: In your home or residence, or at your office (if you’re still there that late)
- Why: Most electricity in the United States, and around the world, is generated by burning fossil fuels, which flood into the atmosphere as greenhouse gases and exacerbate patterns of climate change that threaten our plant. But many communities and organizations are switching over to renewable forms of energy, such as solar and wind-generated energy. Earth Hour is a global protest of citizens who join together to take a stand in favor of renewable energy across the globe.
Plus, hanging out in the dark can sometimes be enjoyable. The World Wildlife Fund created a list of 10 things to do during Earth Hour, including going for a walk and eating a candlelit dinner. The list can be found here.
To more about why it’s important to turn out the lights, click here.