Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney Australia, to show the impact of not using power for one hour. With interest so high to have worldwide event the World Wildlife Federation worked hard to promote the event. In 2008, the first year I participated, Earth Hour was held in 371 cities and towns in more than 35 countries globally at 8pm-9pm. A highly conservative estimate concludes that 50 million people participated. This number could have been as high as 100 million people. As the years progressed and gained popularity WWF added a way for people to publicly pledge to make an eco-friendly change in their lifestyle hoping to move the event beyond the hour.
There is a great deal of discussion, even among environmentalist’s, as to what impact Earth Hour has and why participate? [Read more…]