It's that time of year again: Earth Hour is upon us.

What's Earth Hour? Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, it's an annual, global event to take a stand against climate change. What do you do? Just turn off all non-essential lights for an hour starting at 8:30pm tomorrow (Saturday, March 31, your local time, of course).

Last year, hundreds of millions of people in 135 countries participated. This year should be even bigger.

At 8:30pm Saturday, March 31, the lights at Heifer's headquarters building and Heifer Village at 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas, will be turned off for the one-hour global cause.

Our mission is to not only end hunger and poverty, but also to care for the Earth. By participating in this global event, we demonstrate our solidarity with other like-minded individuals, families, communities and organizations.

Will you join us?

Oh, and a few tips:

  • Set a reminder for yourself (like the timer on that phone attached to your hip) so you don't miss it.
  • If you're going to burn candles to light your home during Earth Hour, make sure they're beeswax or soy. Paraffin candles are a petroleum product and release about 10 grams of carbon dioxide per candle per hour.
  • Don't let 8:30-9:30pm tomorrow night be the only hour you try to do something nice for the environment. For other ideas on how to benefit the environment in your daily life, check out our How To series, which often has such suggestions.

Author

Brooke Edwards

Brooke Edwards is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and started working at Heifer International in 2009 as a writer. She has a master's in social work and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is married, a mother of two, and a wannabe urban farmer, raising her own chickens and killing most of her vegetable crops.