March 23, 2018

Earth Hour

The students in room 209 researched Earth Hour.   They wrote this report to share with you.

What?  Your electricity bill is too high?   I know how we can fix that! Participate in Earth Hour!!!  Just power down for one hour on Saturday evening. You will learn how easy it is. Soon you’ll be powering down more often and your electricity bill will be shrinking.  Do you know what else will be shrinking? Climate Change!!!! And everyone knows how important that is.  Let’s learn more about this exciting event.  

You may be wondering... what is Earth Hour is all about?  The idea began in 2007 with 2 million people turning off their lights in Sydney, Australia.   It soon spread to countries all around the world. It always happens in late March, around the time of the Spring and Autumn Equinox.  It used to be called, the Big Flick, because everyone was encouraged to ‘flick off’ their lights. Now it’s called Earth Hour, because people are helping the Earth in many ways.  We hope you will participate in this year’s Earth Hour, a.k.a., the Big Flick. 

If you think Earth Hour isn’t a big deal, think again.   It’s actually really important. Scientists know that climate change is threatening our Earth and we MUST do something about it.  Earth Hour is about raising awareness about climate change. Earth Hour isn’t just about turning off lights for one hour every year. It gives us an opportunity to think about how we can help the Earth during the other 8759 hours of the year. If we all do it, and do it more often, it will make a big difference.  So, yes, it is a big deal. 

If you and family decide to participate in Earth Hour, here are some suggestions about what you can do to make your evening a huge success.  You can go outside for a walk and watch the city and neighbourhood lights darken at 8:30. Or you can go outside to watch the stars. You can have dinner by candlelight.   You can read by candlelight. Actually, you can do all kinds of things by candlelight - play games, perform puppet shows and tell stories & jokes. Just don’t watch TV. You see, Earth Hour can be a whole lot of family fun! 

Now you know all about Earth Hour.   Share these ideas with you friends, family and neighbours.  Together we can change climate change. And maybe change your electricity bill too.   :-)

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