Celebrate Earth Hour 2012 in Gatlinburg, TN

Subscribe to A Day in the SmokiesPretty much everyone has heard of Earth Day, but have you heard of Earth Hour? We’d be happy to introduce you, and let you know how you can participate in Earth Hour here in Gatlinburg!

1001 Little Ways you can help save our planet!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.

Plant a tree, save the Earth“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 2012 will take place on Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 PM (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!

Subscribe to our Blog A Day in the SmokiesCelebrate 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 Nantahala Center’s Great Outpost as they turn off the lights to celebrate Earth Hour, the world’s largest public environmental action. Family activities will take place in the Great Outpost parking lot from 6 to 10 p.m. with the observance of the “lights out” initiative from 8:30 to 9:30.

By taking part in this global “lights out” event NOC and Gatlinburg acknowledge their commitment to personal and operational actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead. NOC’s Great Outpost invites the Gatlinburg community to join their Earth Hour Celebration in what promises to be an amazing and inspiring global celebration of a collective commitment to the planet. 
Join staff and community partners, both in-store and outside, beginning at 6 p.m. for an assortment of activities and to purchase candle lanterns and hand crank flashlights to light the night with earth-friendly lights. NOC’s Great Outpost will close at 8 p.m. to celebrate Earth Hour by turning off store and parking lot lights. From 8 to 10 p.m., the Earth Hour celebration will continue outside in the parking lot, lit by alternative energy sources, and featuring a full range of activities for the whole family.
 Gatlinburg Earth Hour Event Hightlights
  • History of Earth HourJoin Tuatha Dea in a Drum Circle Facilitation and experience the magic of drumming.
  • Enjoy 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.
  • Sign up for a special twilight hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Parkentitled “Bears, Bats & Owls, Oh My! Experiencing the Woods at Night.” The hike will begin at 7 p.m. and return to the festivities for the big “lights out” at 8:30. 


A complete activity schedule can be found at www.nocsgreatoutpost.com or call Debra Moye at 865-436-1158 for more information. To get a better sense of the magnitude and inspiring nature of Earth Hour, watch the 2011 video at www.youtube.com/earthhour

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