Earth Hour at the Aquarium
There is one event each year that has the opportunity to unite the entire world in a step toward doing something positive, if even for a single hour. Earth Hour, held on the last Saturday of March (this year it will be on March 30), encourages individuals and businesses to turn off all unessential power sources like lights, appliances, and personal electrical devices, at 8:30 p.m. local time, in a show of solidarity and focus on the sustainability of the planet.
Although Earth Hour today spans the globe, it started in a single city with a grassroots push and one proposal. When confronted with disturbing findings related to climate change, the World Wildlife Fund group in Australia started a discussion. WWF Australia began partnering with passionate citizens, governmental groups, and media organizations to launch the first ever “Lights Out” event in Sydney in 2007. San Francisco held their own “Lights Out” hour that same year in October. In the years that followed, more have joined the event. This year there will be an expected 188 nations and territories and millions of people participating.
At the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, we will be participating (and hope that you will join us from your homes and businesses) on March 30, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances for the hour and instead, turn on a conversation in your living room, take a stroll around to visit with your neighbors, or just choose to sit quietly and reflect. While one hour may not feel like much, this single hour each year is a symbolic world-wide gesture of humanity’s commitment to be better and do better, and we are proud to be a participant!