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Earth Hour started in Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses turned off their lights for one hour creating a visual mandate for action on climate change. By 2009 4,000 cities and towns across 88 countries took part rising to 6,950 cities and towns across 152 countries last year.
This year Earth Hour is on Saturday 23 March from 8:30 – 9:30 pm.
Alison Boyes from Dunscore Pairsh Church has shared this wonderful prayer for Earth Hour with us. Please feel free to use it:
Uniting People to Protect the Planet
Turning off the lights, we turn to you Creator God, seeing, in our mind’s eye, what you have made: The beauty of stars on a dark night and the incomprehensible vastness of space. A waterfall, a fruit tree, a forest, the smile on a child’s face. Rivers, sun, sea, wind and rain to warm and nourish. A bright bird, a friendly dog, family to love and friends to cherish. Mountains to be climbed, dazzling flowers and bright new mornings fresh with promise.
Such generosity, such abundance! Enough for everyone IF…
Turning on the lights, we turn to you, Light of the world. Show us a way to live lightly on this earth and to share our wealth with those who need it. Instead of squandering your gifts, may we keep them in trust for those who come after us.
In your loving name, Amen
WWF have produced a useful Earth Hour Guide specifically for Eco-Congregations. You can download the 8-page Guide by clicking on the following link: Earth Hour Guide for Eco-Congregations.