Did you ever think – if just for once – it would be nice if you, just one person, could make a difference? I know, I know, you don’t have time to recycle, you don’t have enough money to replace even one light bulb with a compact fluorescent lamp or LED (light-emitting diode), and you certainly can’t afford a hybrid car. Well, bite your tongue! The time has come!

Did you ever think – if just for once – it would be nice if you, just one person, could make a difference? I know, I know, you don’t have time to recycle, you don’t have enough money to replace even one light bulb with a compact fluorescent lamp or LED (light-emitting diode), and you certainly can’t afford a hybrid car. Well, bite your tongue! The time has come!


This Saturday, at 8:30 p.m. local time, the World Wildlife Fund has declared “Earth Hour!” Planners are imploring people around the globe to turn off their lights for one hour. By turning off your lights for these 60 minutes, Earth Hour, you will send a message that you stand with all the Americans and millions of people around the world who have taken the pledge and care about the escalating climate crisis.


This isn’t happening in just our little corner of the world. More than 5,200 cities and more than 135 countries, plus the United Nations and the Vatican, have pledged to switch off their lights for Earth Hour. Participate, and you will be in solidarity with hundreds of millions of people around the world.


Even supermodel Miranda Kerr is offering a free yoga class for the public now that 500 of her fans committed to create their own, “I Will if You Will” challenge for Earth Hour. Other celebrities made this same challenge on behalf of the environment. According to the Earth Hour website, “Style and entertainment stars Giuliana and Bill Rancic from the reality series ‘Giuliana & Bill’ have promised to both go out on the town and wear Chicago Bears jerseys at their next event, if 5,000 people promise to take part in Earth Hour.”


Earth Hour encourages individuals like you, schools, Scout groups, organizations, businesses and whole cities to sign up and participate. Imagine if every household in Kansas and Missouri would take the pledge and turn off their lights for one hour dedicated to the future of the Earth.


You can make this Saturday night an important and fun event for the whole family. Eat dinner by candlelight, then keep those candles lit and tell stories to each other about your fond memories growing up. Who knows, this may turn out to be a weekly event. Every Saturday night, turn out the lights – it could be the best thing that’s happened in a long time!


One person committed to reducing energy consumption can make a difference, but millions working together can change the world. Don’t forget, set the alarm for 8:30 p.m. Going black will be for green.


Learn more about getting involved at www.EarthHour.org