About Earth Hour
“Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
“In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries/territories officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.
“On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.
“Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30PM (local time). This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up.”
Visit the Earth Hour website for more info about this international event!
Celebrate Earth Hour in Gatlinburg
Perhaps you will be here in Gatlinburg this Saturday. Not only can you turn off the lights, TV’s, gaming systems, etc. at your place of lodging, you can join in a community event celebrating this movement with fun and creativity!
“Join NOC’s Great Outpost as we turn off the lights to celebrate Earth Hour, the world’s largest public environmental action. By taking part in this global “lights out” event NOC acknowledges our commitment to personal and operational actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead.
“Family activities will take place both in-store and outside from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Purchase candle lanterns and hand crank flashlights during store hours to light the night with earth-friendly lights. NOC’s Great Outpost will close at 8:00pm to celebrate the official Earth Hour as we turn off store and parking lot lights from 8:30-9:30pm. Family activities will continue outside in the parking lot, lit by alternative energy sources, from 8:00-10:00pm.
•Anyone who purchases a candle lantern or hand-crank flashlight between March 12-26 will be entered into a prize drawing! Winners will be chosen during the Earth Hour event.
•Join Tuatha Dea in a Drum Circle Facilitation and experience the magic of drumming.
•Enjoy a glow-in-the-dark disc golf course, star gazing and glow-in-the-dark face painting.
•Ride the bike pedal generator and light up the human-powered display.
•Make music on a recycled musical instrument.
•Enjoy a performance by Donna’s Majorettes/Flaming Baton Twirlers.
•Visit display booths by the City of Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg Goes Green, Friends of the Smokies, Discover Life in America, Great Smoky Mountains Association, Pi Beta Phi Elementary and more.
•Purchase any pair of Patagonia Footwear and $10 will be donated to the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont.
•Sign up for a special twilight hike in the National Park: Bears, Bats & Owls, Oh My! Experiencing the Woods at Night. Hike will begin at 7:00pm and return to the festivities for the big “Lights Out” at 8:30pm. Pre-registration is required ($10/person). Contact Debra Moye at 865-436-1158 to save your spot.
“(When participating in Earth Hour it is recommended to use only natural (non petroleum-based) candles and to refrain from using glow sticks to reduce the negative impact on the environment.)
“Parking is limited, so come early and carpooling is encouraged.”
Visit the NOC’s Great Outpost Website for more information!
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