by Melissa Jaramillo and Julie Snyder
What's special about the last Saturday in March?
On Earth Hour, hundreds of millions of people around the world will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple -- turning off their lights between 8:30 to 9:30 local time.
For just one hour, kids and families and organizations worldwide will come together to turn out their lights and show it's possible to have an impact on climate change. While it is just an hour with non-essential lights and appliances shut off, Earth Hour represents turning the lights out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on foreign oil and costly climate change impacts, and make the switch to cleaner air, a strong economic future and a more secure nation.
Snag the kids' attention and help them participate in this voluntary power down with these ideas:
Even though you're just one family, you can make a huge difference especially as you continue to reduce daily energy consumption, rather than simply "sit around in the dark" for an hour. Keep your lists handy and see how you're measuring up during Earth Week.
Julie Snyder is a mom of six, interested in kids, pregnancy, birth, people and lives in the outlying Seattle area. Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!
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