By Nina Wu
If you want to participate, then shut off the lights and join people around the globe who are doing the same, while thinking about how you can go beyond Earth Hour in your everyday life going forward. Visit beyondthehour.org to share your action (and click on the little squares to see what people throughout the world are pledging to do, from elementary school students to company leaders).
A classroom in Hong Kong says it will only turn on the air-conditioner when other options have been exhausted. Someone from Canada says he or she will eliminate the use of disposables as much as possible. Carter Observatory in New Zealand will turn off its lights during Earth Hour. If you're on Twitter, you can even have your avatar go dark by going to www.eh2011.com.
Earth Hour was launched in 2007 in Sydney, Australia as a way to take a stand against climate change. Last year, a record 128 countries and territories around the globe took part.
On Saturday, the Surfrider Foundation is also hosting a "Rise Above Plastics" RAP party and fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Waikiki Aquarium lawn, with a keynote speech by Captain. Charles Moore, discoverer of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.
Capt. Moore is here this week, participating in the 5th annual International Marine Debris Conference in Waikiki.
Check out the marine debris artwork, groove to music by Simple Souls and The Intire Project, and sample some delicious food and drinks. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.surfrider.org/oahu.
On Saturday morning, you can also participate in an Adopt-A-Beach cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon on the North Shore. Meet at Chun's Reef, 61-529 Kamehameha Highway. Water, gloves, bags and lunch from McDonald's will be provided.