Earth Hour, Earth Day, Earth Month….we know that many of our Climate Mamas and Papas choose to celebrate the Earth every day!!! But, as April approaches, many others around the globe join in….Earth Day (which is celebrated April 22nd around the world) has morphed into Earth Month, and this year Earth Hour, now serves as a great “lead in” to this special month…so, if you were looking for another reason to celebrate this weekend, grab the kids in your life and join us as we “celebrate the Earth!” Watch this video an be inspired…
Earth Hour should also be a moment to reflect on why our planet is so special, why we should work hard to nurture it, and what we are each going to do, moving forward, to keep it healthy and sustainable. So, grab your kids and come up with a plan that involves TURNING OFF THE LIGHTS at 8:30pm on Saturday, March 23rd. Have a “picnic” by flashlight with the kids in your life, tell stories in the “dark,” watch the stars, walk on the beach, play a board game by the light of the moon…what is your “next step” after the Hour? Why not let Earth Hour be the beginning of your family’s “spring into action” plan, to make our planet a safer and more sustainable place.
Everyone loves a challenge, so consider challenging those you know to an Earth Day Challenge! Dare the World and Save the Planet…I Will If You Will is an Earth Hour Campaign to encourage positive action for the environment, beyond the hour. What makes it special is that it empowers you – as an individual or as part of a community or organization – to share your commitment to the planet with friends, family, colleagues, fans or even a whole nation. The idea is simple. Someone makes a promise to do something if a certain number of people commit to take an ongoing action for the environment, beyond Earth Hour.
The action could be big or small; it might be a simple lifestyle change or maybe something that leads to political change. It might require 10 people to do something, or 10,000. The point is that I Will If You Will allows anybody – from a kid in a classroom to a President of a nation – to become the inspiration to their friends, family, colleagues and communities by sharing what they’re willing to do to protect the planet.
An earlier version of this post appeared last year in March 2012