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Earth Hour 2011, March 26 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

This Saturday marks the fifth annual Earth Hour celebration where people worldwide switch off to symbolize conservation steps that can be taken to lighten our load on the planet and curb climate change.

Earth Hour was created by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007. Their website is full of ideas on how to participate, whether you’re at work, home, school or in your community.

The simplest ideas work best:

  • Turn off all lights and electronics for one hour from 8:30 – 9:30 PM Saturday March 26th.
  • Turn the heat down or off in your home during Earth Hour.
  • Stay home and don’t drive a car or travel during Earth Hour.
  • Bring family and community members together during Earth Hour to talk about environmental issues and how you can have a positive environmental impact.
  • Spread the word at work, school and in your community and encourage widespread participation.

Conserving energy cuts greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. One hour of conservation won’t solve the problem but it will show you how easy it is to change habits and make conservation and low-carbon practices part of your life. It will also reveal just how plugged in we often are.

Approximately one billion people worldwide take part in Earth Hour. Make sure you’re one of them this Saturday.