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Thoughtful Thursday: Go Light’s Out for Earth Hour

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2014 marks the eighth year of World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s Earth Hour, the world’s biggest and most engaging grassroots movement that brings together communities from across the world to demand action on climate change through a global “LIGHTS OUT” event.  People from around the world will celebrate Earth Hour this Saturday, March 29th beginning at 8:30 pm local time.

Major landmarks and entire cities will go dark during this symbolic action that showcases how we, as global citizens, must take personal accountability for our daily impact on the health of the planet. By turning off the lights, switching off our electronics and turning away from our screens, we are highlighting the individual and collective actions we can make to produce real change – a change that can make a difference if we continue to commit to its ideals.

What can you do at home or at work to participate in Earth Hour?

  • Join for Earth Hour! Pledge to switch off your lights at home and show your support by registering your commitment.  Share this time with family playing games by candlelight or discovering fun ways to reduce household energy on a regular basis.
  • Go beyond the hour by supporting crowd funding or crowdsourcing environmental and social projects through Earth Hour Blue.
  • Amplify the hour. Encourage friends and family to get involved by sharing the Earth Hour video so they get a better sense of the magnitude and inspiring nature of this event.
  • Plan an Earth Hour Party! Block parties, candlelight vigils and candlelight dinners are just a few things you can do to celebrate as a community. Share the moment and consider, together, how you can reduce your footprint beyond the hour.

How is the National Aquarium participating?
From 8:30 pm-9:30 pm on Saturday, March 29th, the National Aquarium will go dark alongside hundreds of iconic landmarks and natural wonders ranging from the Eiffel Tower, the Great Pyramids, Niagara and Victoria Falls, and China’s Forbidden City.  We join over 7,000 cities and towns in 154 countries and territories with hundreds of millions of participants across seven continents in using our power to make change a reality.

This one hour of darkness may result in a small reduction of energy consumption, but more importantly paints a powerful picture of behavioral change needed to combat climate change.

Join us as we stand among hundreds of millions of people to call for action on climate change!

Laura Bankey national aquarium conservation expert

 

Thoughtful Thursdays: Earth Hour

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On Saturday March 23, 2013, the National Aquarium will once again be participating in Earth Hour. Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour asks individuals, businesses, government leaders and others to turn out all non-essential lighting for one hour as a movement to demand action on climate change. We will stand in the dark alongside hundreds of international cities and iconic landmarks ranging from the Las Vegas strip to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City to the Great Pyramids of Giza. Since 2007 when 2.2 million people took part in the first Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia, Earth Hour has massively expanded to over 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories with hundreds of millions of participants across seven continents.

We depend on our planet for so much – food, fuel, fresh air and water- and our actions play a key role in on our effects on the world. Earth Hour is an opportunity to show our commitment to help protect our resources and our planet. In 2013, Earth Hour is not merely an annual event, but is a continuous movement driving real actions to change the world we live in.

On Saturday, March 23, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (local time) Earth Hour will once again cascade across the globe. The National Aquarium (at both venues) will be turning off all unnecessary lighting and other electronic devices during that time.

Join us as we cast a vote for the environment!
1. Join the movement.
• Pledge to switch off your lights at home and show your support by registering your commitment.
• Encourage friends and family to get involved!
• Plan an Earth Hour party at home! Block parties, candlelight vigils and candlelight dinners are just a few things you can do to celebrate as a community.

2. Go Beyond the Hour.
• Extend your actions beyond an hour! This weekend, pledge to spend at least one whole day with a minimal impact on the environment. Unplug at home any non-essential appliances before leaving in the morning, and lower the thermostat for time you’re not in the house. Take public transit, or carpool with coworkers for a day. Pack a lunch in reusable dishware. Aim to use only reusable, recyclable or compostable materials throughout the day. Cook a dinner using only local and organic food (or don’t cook at all, eat foods that don’t have to be heated). Unplug with your family at night by playing a board game or relaxing with a book.
• Tell us what you did to make a difference. Share your efforts with us in the comments section!

This one hour of darkness may result in a small reduction of energy consumption, but more importantly paints a powerful picture of behavioral change needed to combat climate change. Join us as we stand among hundreds of millions of people to call for action on climate change!

Thoughtful Thursdays: I Will if You Will

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On Saturday, March 31, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (local time) Earth Hour will once again cascade across the globe.

Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour asks individuals, businesses, and government leaders to turn out all non-essential lighting for one hour as a movement to demand action on climate change.

The National Aquarium is working with staff at both venues to turn off all unnecessary lighting and other electronic devices during that time.

We will stand in the dark alongside other international cities and iconic landmarks, from the Las Vegas Strip to the Eiffel Tower to the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Here’s a quick video clip of the Aquarium going dark for Earth Hour last year:

This year WWF is asking people, What are you willing to do to save the planet? People all over the world, including lots of celebrities, are really getting into the spirit by making commitments saying what they’ll do if other people will take action to protect the planet. The commitments range from inspiring to borderline-dangerous to hilarious!

Check out all the “I will if you will” dares on Earth Hour’s YouTube channel and accept someone’s challenge or submit your own!

And then make plans to embrace your dark side on Saturday night—light some candles and play a board game with your family or enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner.

This one hour of darkness may result in a small reduction of energy consumption, but it paints a powerful picture of behavioral change needed to combat climate change. Join us as we stand among hundreds of millions of people to call for action on climate change!

Learn more about Earth Hour at earthhour.org.

Turn off. Take action.

This Saturday, the National Aquarium will join millions of people and organizations around the world in supporting Earth Hour. Sponsored by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour asks individuals, businesses, government leaders and others to turn out all non-essential lighting for one hour as a movement to show support for our planet and a sustainable future.

In 2009, the National Aquarium joined nearly one billion people from 4,100 cities in 87 countries by turning out our lights. Our Baltimore building stood in the dark alongside hundreds of international cities and iconic landmarks ranging from the Las Vegas Strip to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City to the Great Pyramids of Giza. Last year’s images are a powerful statement: 

On Saturday, March 27, between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Earth Hour will once again cascade across the globe. The National Aquarium will once again “go dark” – and this year we encourage you to participate with us.  Click here to pledge your participation in Earth Hour and show support for the Aquarium’s participation. Together, we can show the worldwide community that the National Aquarium and all of its supporters are committed to making behavioral changes for the environment.

Turn Out, Take Action

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World Wildlife Fund is asking the world to go dark.

 

To make a global statement of concern about climate change, World Wilflife Fund is inviting people and organizations from every nation to turn off any non-essential lighting for one hour – Earth Hour.

 

Inspired by the city of Baltimore, the National Aquarium will participate in Earth Hour 2009 by turning off our lights on Saturday, March 28 between 8:30 and 9:30pm. Of course, safety comes first so emergency lights will be lit but the Aquarium’s major exhibits, lobbies, ticket center, shops, and all outside lights on the pier will go dark.

 

As a major attraction that lights up Baltimore’s sky line, the Aquarium has become an important landmark on the Inner Harbor. It’s a very intricate building that is home to over 16,000 animals, and so turning off the lights off is no easy feat. But we are dedicated to showing our concern and respect for our beautiful planet.

 

You can do your part at home as well! Join the Aquarium and turn off your lights from this Saturday, March 28 between 8:30and 9:30pm. And be sure to tell your family, friends, neighbors! Click here to sign up and to learn more about Earth Hour. And please tell us how you plan to participate!

 

“One person committed to reducing energy consumption can make a difference, but millions working together can change the world.” 


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