Earth Hour is an annual event that takes place worldwide in an effort to promote awareness of climate change and other environmental issues. This year the team behind Earth Hour is encouraging people to participate by switching off their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 p.m. Last year, more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights, sending a powerful message and marking the largest environmental event in history! This year Earth Hour has launched “I Will If You Will” on YouTube to showcase how everyone has the power to change the world we live in, bringing together the world’s biggest social video platform with the ‘world’s largest action for the environment.’ Will you accept the challenge? Or better yet, come up with a challenge of your own! Head to YouTube to learn more about how you can participate.
And let the kids participate too! The Earth Hour website has all kinds of fun stuff to explore and even some games that teach about recycling and conservation. Earth Hour Kids ambassador, Pocoyo, has already planted 20,000 trees for Earth Hour, and will plant 50,000 more if 100,000 people play his recycling game!
And for more information on protecting our planet, you can search the catalog for these titles and many more at your local library!
Living Green: The Missing Manual, by Nancy Conner
Go Green! [DVD] Paramount Pictures
Building with Secondhand Stuff: How to Re-claim, Re-vamp, Re-purpose & Re-use Salvaged & Leftover Building Materials, by Chris Peterson
Cool Crafts with Flowers, Leaves, and Twigs: Green Projects for Resourceful Kids, by Jen Jones
Green Your Work: Boost Your Bottom Line while Reducing Your Carbon Footprint, by Kim Carlson
Green Career$: You Can Make Money and Save the Planet, by Jennifer Power Scott
101 Ways You Can Help Save the Planet Before You're 12! by Joanne O'Sullivan