8:30PM local time, wherever you live on planet earth. Saturday 28 March 2009
Earth Hour was featured on Larry King Live earlier this week. Here's a clip from the interview with Edward Norton:
The podcast is also available from CNN.com.
YOUR LIGHT SWITCH IS YOUR VOTE
This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.
In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.
We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.
VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.
On a much sadder note, this was posted to the News To Me blog on Tuesday:
We just wanted to let you know that this weekend’s episode of “News To Me” (airing March 28th and 29th) will be the last.
Starting in April, “News To Me’ is leaving the HLN schedule to make way for a new weekend edition of “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell.”
More details and a proper thank-you are forthcoming.
Posted by: Producer Grayson Thagard
Seems like no good deed goes unpunished at HLN. News To Me stories have been #1 on CNN.com/Video's Most Popular list. Over the last few weeks, I've seen a lot of comments wishing CNN had more viewer interaction with their programming. News To Me content was driven by their viewers and those that submitted stories to CNN. Removing this program... not a good move. (But that's just my opinion.)
Watch the final episode on Saturday & Sunday at 7:30pm, 9:30pm, * 12:30am ET
On last clip for you tonight, Becky Anderson reported on medical training in Second Life.