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Power Up by Powering Down!

Mar 20, 2013

EarthHour_2013_BlogOn March 23, our planet will get a little darker—for a great cause! From time zone to time zone, lights will dim around the world for one hour at a time to draw global attention to the need for environmental change.

So mark your calendars for this Saturday—from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.—and join Girl Scouts, their families, and friends as we all turn off our lights for just 60 minutes. It’s a great way to show your support for the big, blue, beautiful marble that we call home—our Planet Earth!

So far, through our participation in previous Earth Hours and our own efforts to power down and conserve energy, Girl Scouts have already saved more energy and eliminated enough carbon dioxide from the air that these efforts are like taking almost 7,000 cars off the roads!

Turning off your lights for an hour on March 23 reaffirms your solidarity for saving our Earth, conserving its precious natural resources, and being conscientious about the amount of energy you consume. You might even light a green candle and place it in a prominent window in your home to show your neighbors that as a Girl Scout, you’re all about Earth Hour and committed to environmental change.

Now that you’re ready to make small changes in your daily life, you will have a big impact on our carbon footprint. And here are some other ways you can join Earth Hour’s efforts for 2013:

• Join the Girl Scouts Forever Green—Save Energy Project and be the one who inspires your family and friends to swap out energy-sapping incandescent light bulbs for more energy-efficient ones. Be sure to record your project!

• Go beyond Earth Hour by doing activities related to the It’s Your Planet—Love It! Leadership Journey. Find additional ways to Take Action when you check out the Get Moving! Journey and see that it’s all about saving energy. Adult volunteers can use the Get Moving! with Girl Scouts Forever Green resource to help girls add Forever Green to their Journey.

• See how easy it can be to save half a million dollars in energy when you watch a video featuring Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.

• Cadettes working on their Night Owl badges will get inspired by the Girl Scouts of Dakota Horizons. This year, they’ll hold their 2nd-Annual Earth Hour Overnight, featuring activities that lend themselves to darkness as the girls learn more about what it means to be a protector of the environment. Last year, about 85 attended, and this year they’ve doubled the registration in the hopes of making Sioux Falls, South Dakota, an Earth Hour city. Plan your own “owl-friendly overnight,” so you can motivate your community to take positive action and save energy!

• Are you wondering what more you can do? Check out the official Earth Hour 2013 video for more facts that will get you powered up about powering down!

Earth Hour invites you to power up as a leader, so start changing the world today and keep it going! By carrying out more ways to conserve resources like electricity, gas, and running water, you make the idea of Earth Hour meaningful 24/7. Sixty minutes never mattered more!