Encourage More Cities to Participate in Earth Hour

Target: Andy Ridley, Earth Hour Co-Founder, and Earth Hour Team Leaders

Goal: To praise the cities that participated in Earth Hour 2013 and encourage the Earth Hour Team Leaders to increase awareness about this mass participation event in the year ahead.

Cities across the globe participated in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23rd. This annual event encourages participants to switch off their lights and electronics for one hour to build awareness for climate change issues. We should praise the cities who participated in this year’s Earth Hour for doing their part and bringing awareness to environmental issues that affect us all.

Earth Hour is the largest symbolic mass participation event of any kind in the world. The event focuses on climate change and a general concern for the environment. It has taken place in the month of March for the past nine years.

Over 7,000 cities and 150 countries participated in this year’s event, including newcomers like Palestine, Rwanda, Suriname, and Tunisia. People in participating countries gathered together to light candles and facilitate public awareness about climate issues. Some cities even featured theatrical and artistic performances to encourage public participation.

According to a recent Harris Poll, 84% of Americans claim that they conserve energy by switching off lights and appliances when not in use. Around 60%percent say that they’ve replaced incandescent bulbs with CFLs and 53% say that they’ve purchased EnergyStar appliances. And over 50% of Americans claim to take shorter showers or wash clothing in cold water to reduce hot water usage. Despite the statistics, many American cities failed to participate in Earth Hour this year.

Sign the below petition to urge more cities around the world to participate in the next Earth Hour campaign to promote this important need for awareness.

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Dear Mr. Ridley and Earth Hour Team Leaders,

Thank you for your continuing work to increase public awareness about climate change through the mass participation Earth Hour event each year. I am urging you to promote effective campaigns in cities and countries around the world to build awareness about Earth Hour in the upcoming year.

The event has grown from idealistic symbolism to become a vehicle for change that is making an impact in numerous locations. Please build upon your “I Will If You Will” initiative and “Earth Hour City Challenge” programs to help businesses and individuals extend their energy-saving habits beyond one single hour in March.


[Your Name Here]

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