thCACLATW0Because the Cool Davis Community Action Team believes that everyone has power to inspire people and to make real change and impact in Davis and the world, we challenge all of Davis – individuals, households, businesses, the city – to join in Earth Hour.

This year Earth Hour is Saturday, March 23rd at 8:30 p.m. one time zone at a time around the globe.   Cool Davis encourages all Davis residents to participate in this electricity-free hour.  Enjoy a neighborhood veggie burger BBQ or a candle lit dinner, or simply take time to watch the night sky.  With no distracting electronics in the way, consider the possibilities of going beyond Earth Hour. 

With no distracting electronics in the way, consider the possibilities of going beyond Earth Hour.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments all around the globe have committed to turning out their lights for Earth Hour, signaling their concern about the future of life on this planet.  The annual event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) since 2007 asks everyone to turn off all non-essential lights and electronics for one hour in a dramatic rolling blackout that moves hour by hour around the globe.

thCAZHBTU2This year’s theme is Uniting People to Protect the Planet.  World Wildlife organizers recognize the world is facing some of the most critical environmental challenges in its history. While the journey to a sustainable future seems difficult to imagine, it is far from impossible.   Earth Hour proves that together, our individual actions add up to make a difference collectively.

The change to sustainable living is already underway.  We can find the energy to turn the inspiration of one hour into the actions of every hour.  Just take the campaign slogan to heart, “I will if you will.”

When you return to your computer, check out photographs from around the globe .   If you feel moved by what you see, plan your next action beyond this one hour of commitment.

Choose one or more actions that go beyond Earth Hour here, or think of your own.

• Go beyond dining in the dark to evaluate the carbon footprint of what you eat.  Consider Meatless Mondays, reduce dairy and meat consumption or start a garden.

• Green your transportation by walking, biking and taking the bus instead of driving

• Make the switch to renewable energy:  install LED lighting, install solar hot water; investigate photovoltaics; divest from investments in fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy