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Earth Hour: Turn Off the Lights for Climate Change

Major cities will be in the dark tomorrow night...

If you've traveled during a blackout, you know what a horribly disorienting feeling it causes. But on Saturday March 28th, savvy travelers will be prepared for the dark.

Seattle LightsSeattle LightsFrom Sydney to New York and Toronto to Copenhagen, residents and businesses are turning out the lights to say no to climate change. At 8pm local time, each city will go a full hour in the dark.

Earth Hour's main focus is to spread global awareness of climate change, but Sydney organizers were surprised last year to boast a 10% reduction in power usage - the equivalent of pulling 48 000 cars off of the road. The local event became a positive tipping point, reminding individuals of the importance of small changes.

Check out the footage of Sydney's Earth Hour last year - you won't believe how dark a city can be:

What can you do when the lights are out? If you're at home, why not enjoy a candlelight dinner or go for a walk with your loved ones. I can't wait to explore my hometown with just a flashlight to guide me.

Out of town participation is even more fun: restaurants are offering candlelight feasts, and cooking with minimal power. Grapevine Yoga in Texas is offering a special candlelight yoga class, and in some towns you can celebrate Earth Hour with meditation in the dark or an eco-friendly massage.

Go to Earth Hour US to see if your city is participating. If not, talk to friends and start your own version - you'll be surprised how many homes are in the dark Saturday night!

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