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Earth Hour 2012 at 8:30 p.m. on 31 March 2012

29 March 2012

Ireland

Uniting people to protect the Planet / Dare the World to Save the Planet

We only have one planet.   We can all do something to help protect it.  Participate in the world’s largest single campaign for the planet:  Earth Hour.  It starts by turning off your lights for an hour at 8:30 pm on March 31, 2012 in a collective display of commitment to a better future for the planet.   Think what can be achieved when we all come together for a common cause.

Hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support the largest environmental event in history – Earth Hour.  

Earth Hour is organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).  With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries/territories, it’s one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organisations.  WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.

How Earth Hour has evolved

In 2007, WWF-Australia inspired Sydney-siders to show their support for climate change action in the first ever Earth Hour event.  It showed that everyone, from children to CEOs and politicians, has the power to change the world they live in.  In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights out for one hour to take a stand against climate change.

In 2008, the plan was to take Earth Hour to the rest of Australia.  But then the City of Toronto, Canada, signed up and it wasn’t long before 35 countries and almost 400 cities and towns were part of the event. It said something compelling to the world: that the climate challenges facing our planet are so significant that change needs to be global.

With the invitation to ‘switch off’ extended to everyone, Earth Hour quickly became an annual global event.  It’s scheduled on the last Saturday of every March – closely coinciding with the equinox to ensure most cities are in darkness as it rolled out around the Earth.

More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change.  It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet.  Without a doubt, it has shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.   And with the power of social networks behind the Earth Hour message, we hope to attract even more participation so we can build a truly global community committed to creating a more sustainable planet.

Participation in Earth Hour symbolises a commitment to change beyond the hour

This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on, think about what else you can do to make a difference.  Together our actions add up.

Turning the lights off for Earth Hour is a great first step, but if you really want to see a difference, then make Earth Hour part of your everyday life.  Simple things like turning off appliances while not in use and switching to energy efficient light-bulbs will all help us reach our goal of reducing our annual emissions by 5%.  Even something as simple as turning out lights when you’re not in a room and switching to cleaner sources of electricity make a big difference. 

See our Presentation ‘Sustainable Living Programme’ – www.presentationsisterunion.org/resources 

Visit -  www.earthhour.org

 

Prayer for Global Restoration

Good and Gracious God, Source of all life,

all creation is charged with your energy.

Ignite your spirit within us that we may know ourselves

as truly human and holy,

irrevocably part of the web of life.

 

All creation

-  each star and every flower

-  each drop of water and every person

-  each and every atom down to its very electrons

explodes with the revelation of your sacred mystery.

Our minds alone cannot fathom such splendour.

Our hearts can only respond in awe.

 

Forgive us, we pray, our ignorance and insecurity which

-  blind us to your thumbprint writ large

-  deafen us to the sacred space between two heartbeats

-  prompt us, in arrogance, to demand and to dominate

-  numb us to the destruction we’ve caused

-  hold us hostage to “either or” thinking and living.

 

May we always walk gently upon this earth

-  in right relationship

-  nurtured by your love

-  taking only what we need

-  giving back to the earth in gratitude

-  sharing what we have

-  honouring all with reverence

-  reconciling and healing

-  mindful of those who will come after

-  recognising our people as part of, not apart from, your creation.