Earth Hour Facts

A Bold Statement for the Earth
Earth Hour will bring millions of people around the world and across the United States together on Saturday, March 29, 2008 to make a bold statement about climate change. Together they will turn out their lights for one hour—Earth Hour—from 8 to 9 p.m. local time. While the lights are out, people are encouraged to replace their energy-wasting light bulbs with new, energy-saving compact fluorescents and think about how they can help slow climate change and trim carbon dioxide emissions at home, in their neighborhood and city, and at their workplace. Earth Hour will show the world that by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in the fight against climate change. -Leading the Charge Earth Hour started last year in Sydney, Australia, when more than 2 million people and thousands of businesses turned out their lights. Power consumption dropped more than 10 percent in that single hour; the message that climate change must be slowed shone brightly. Already this year, 25 cities in seven countries have joined World Wildlife Fund as official partners. In the United States, Chicago has joined as the U.S. flagship city; Atlanta, Phoenix and San Francisco are also leading the way. Across America, community groups, local businesses and concerned individuals are joining in. -The Stakes are High Climate change is perhaps the most significant issue facing our planet today. Average annual carbon dioxide emissions in the United States measure over 20 tons per person. We're beginning to see dramatic impacts, from melting glaciers to increasingly intensifying storms, as a result. The ten hottest years on record have occurred since 1990—2006 was the hottest yet. Arctic sea ice has declined to the lowest levels on record. Studies suggest that two-thirds of the world’s polar bear population will be gone by 2050. But more than polar bears and ice caps are at risk. Climate change will impact all life on our planet. To slow and alter the course of climate change, we must act now. -Join the Movement Participating in Earth Hour is easy. Sign-up at earthhour.org, turn off your lights on March 29 and switch to compact fluorescents. Think of ways to reduce your energy use and live more sustainably every day. To alter the course of climate change we must act now. One person committed to reducing energy consumption can make a difference. Millions of us working together can change the world. One hour, America. Earth Hour.

What You Can Do to Help
• • 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 your light globes to energy efficient 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 like “green power”, make a big difference.

You don’t have to live in total darkness every day to make a difference. Get off standby. Speak to your office manager about turning off any Just follow these five quick and easy tips. equipment at work that is not being used, including computer screens, •Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs to save money and photocopiers and printers, particularly when you leave at night. Turn off lights at the end of the working day. Before you leave your reduce emissions. Lighting accounts for around 5% of household place of work remember to turn off any lights in your workspace and greenhouse gas emissions, and compact fluros use 75% less energy your computer if you use one at work. Remember to unplug your mobile than an equivalent incandescent bulb. Although the bulbs cost more upphone or laptop charger when it’s not in use. Speak to your office front, you will actually save money through the energy saved and manager about installing motion-sensor lighting after 5pm when most extended life of the bulb. •Turn appliances off while not in use. Unplug any appliances like people have gone home. Find out what’s happening in your workplace. Ask about your mobile phone chargers, TVs, microwaves, MP3 players, which are not company’s emissions reduction policies and find out what’s already being used and are on standby. In Australia, appliances on standby happening. Look for ways to reduce energy use in your workplace and consume up to 10% of your electricity bill. •Turn off anything that doesn’t need to be on. A good rule is to turn encourage improvements. If employers know their employees are keen to make their workplaces environmentally friendly, they’ll be even more off anything not being used. When you leave a room or leave the inclined to take action. house, turn off your lights or appliances like the TV or computer. •Switch to green power. This is one of the best ways you can make a Encourage your organisation to have measurable emissions reduction targets. Many Australian businesses are committing to difference. Contact your electricity provider today and switch to green emissions targets and have plans to be carbon neutral by a certain power, a cleaner, more renewable form of energy that does not contribute to global warming. If all Australians switched to green power date. Switching to green power, reducing and offsetting energy use and travel, and incorporating this into all areas of the business are critical to today, Australia’s total greenhouse pollution would be cut by 30% in this process. Does your company have a plan? one year. That’s the equivalent of more than 40 million cars! •Use less hot water. This is not only a good water saving tip, it saves electricity too. Spend one minute less in the shower.

Your school can make a difference every day, not just for Earth Hour on March 29. Here are some simple steps for you to save energy in your school and classroom today: Lights & Computers Turn-off lights and fans when no one is in the classroom, especially at recess and lunchtime. Turn-off computers & monitors when they aren’t in use. Heating & Cooling Keep the doors & windows closed in your classroom when the heating or air conditioning is running. Ensure there is nothing blocking air conditioning or heating vents in your classroom. Make sure the thermostat settings are not set too high or too low. Water Turn off the taps and bubblers when you are finished. Tell a teacher if there is a leaking tap in the toilets, classroom or playground. Teaching & learning activities To help you introduce Earth Hour into your classroom we have developed curriculum based activities with a focus on developing student awareness about the purpose of Earth Hour and current environmental issues. Activities have been developed for all students, Early Stage 1 to Stage 6. Syllabus links and learning outcomes have been clearly identified for each activity in order to support your current classroom programs.

WWF Presents: Ten Things to Do in the Dark
• • • • • Wondering what to do when the lights go out for Earth Hour? Here are ten fun ideas to help you, your family and your friends make a change and make a difference on March 29. Host a Green Party Get your friends together for an Earth Hour eco-party. Fire up the flashlights and battery lanterns, serve organic food, avoid the disposable utensils, use natural décor (like flowers and hanging plants) and have a friend provide acoustic music. Talk to your guests about how you’re each reducing your environmental footprint and share ideas and solutions for saving more energy, money and carbon dioxide. Give Yourself an Energy Makeover Use Earth Hour to make your home more energy efficient: Replace your old light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs; install power strips (so you can turn computers and electronics on and off more easily); and change your air conditioner filters. Or go one step farther and install one new energy-efficient item, like an EnergyStar qualified DVD player. And on Monday, call your local utility and sign up for green power—like wind, hydro or solar. Go Green with Your Kids Earth Hour is a perfect time to talk to your kids about the environment and why we need to protect our planet from the dangers of climate change. Check out books on the environment from the library and read by flashlight, or head into the yard and have a night picnic. Or how about a night of board games? There are even Earth Hour kids’ activities you can download at www.earthhour.org. Do a Recyclables Scavenger Hunt Get your flashlights and scour your cabinets and shelves for cans, bottles and cardboard (like cereal boxes) that you don't normally recycle. Make a list of all the non-recyclable containers you’re using now (like plastic shopping bags and butter tubs), and figure out ways to reduce your consumption of items that end up in landfills. One easy tip: get reusable grocery bags...and reuse them! Green That Workspace! Working the night shift? Even if you can’t turn off all the lights at work, look around and see what you can unplug, turn down or use less of (like consuming less paper by printing double-sided). Every day millions of computer screens and speakers are left on overnight—shut ‘em off! And talk to your coworkers about what they can do to help make a difference too. Involve Your Local Leaders If your city or town isn't already hosting an Earth Hour event, ask your local government to set up a community "green" discussion in a public building from 8 to 9 p.m. on March 29. Help organize attendance by reaching out to local environmental and community groups, and come prepared to ask your leaders what they’re doing to make your city greener. Clean Up Your Neighborhood Grab a flashlight and take a long walk through your neighborhood, picking up trash and recyclables as you go. It's a great chance to do some stargazing too! Unplug and Chill Out Most of our daily activities—like watching TV, shopping online and texting friends—require loads of electricity, but do we really need to do so much stuff all the time? Take one hour for yourself to just chill...turn off the screens, put down the handheld devices and just take some "you" time to reflect, read or talk to your family. After all, why do more when you can do less? Take Your Temperature Your thermostat and your refrigerator are responsible for a huge portion of your carbon footprint. If you lower your thermostat by just 2 degrees and set your fridge to 37° F. and the freezer at 0° F., you'll make a big difference. Make a Pledge for the Planet Earth Hour shouldn't end at 9:01 pm—it's a chance to take a first step toward lowering your overall impact on the environment. So use part of that hour to make a personal pledge to do more—recycle, drive less often, remember to turn off or unplug electronics, and beyond. The only way we're going to stabilize our climate is if we make real changes in our everyday lives. That change begins with Earth Hour, and ends with a healthy planet.

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Sources
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For Teachers
Listed below are some of the activities that can help you introduce “Earth Hour” in your classroom. Please download the correct PDF document. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Early Stage 1 & Stage 1 Activity: Earth Hour goes global! Student Worksheet: Things in my classroom that use electricity Stage 2 Activity: It all adds up… making our school green! Student Worksheet: Audit recording sheet Stage 3 Activity: Global warming… a case for change! Student Worksheet: Saving energy at home sheet 1 & 2 Stage 4 Activity: How can individuals, communities and governments contribute to creating an energy efficient environment Student Worksheet: Earth Hour research questions, Earth Hour quiz Stage 5 & 6 Activity: How can individuals participate in community issues and make a difference to climate change? Additional material Earth Hour Poster Generation Green 1 (13mb)

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