Earth Hour aimed to reduce energy consumption

Earth Hour aimed to reduce energy consumption

When the lights go down in the city . . . it’s Earth Hour.

For one hour on Saturday, buildings across the five boroughs will shut down their lights to take part in Earth Hour — a worldwide event aimed at raising awareness about climate change and expressing solidarity in reducing our carbon footprint.

If you haven’t participated before, there’s much to know. Such as:

When does it occur?

March 24, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Just one hour. You can do it!

But what exactly is it?

Earth Hour is an annual lights-out event that takes place across the world. People are encouraged to turn off all the lights in their homes and buildings as a symbolic act of commitment to taking better care of the planet. The World Wildlife Fund heads up the event every year.

It was started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, when about 2.2 million people, businesses and organizations turned off their lights to show the government that they cared about climate change.

Since then, hundreds of countries and territories have joined in simply by shutting off their lights or by taking action. Last year, Australia launched a new solar light program to provide 500 solar lights to rural communities in Ethiopia, and, in Chile, people delivered seeds and planted trees in an effort to protect forests.

Why should you care?

The Trump administration has worked to curb environmental programs championed during the Obama era that sought to advance climate change awareness, although EPA data shows that carbon dioxide emissions have continually increased since 1990.

For example, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) struck out “climate change” and words associated with it from its strategic plan. In his budget for 2019, President Trump proposed cuts to climate and clean energy programs, and more, according to National Geographic, which has a running list of ways the administration is changing environmental efforts. In December, Trump revealed a plan to downsize two national monuments in Utah, and in October, he scrapped the EPA’s Clean Power Plan that aimed to reduce carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030.

Who takes part?

Last year, 187 countries and territories participated — that includes 12,000 landmarks and monuments, like the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls and others around the country (the Space Needle in Seattle, Willis Tower in Chicago and more).

Jared Leto and Maroon 5 broadcast live sets to fans last year, too.

OK, it’s dark, so what can you do to pass time without light?

Consider hosting an Earth Hour party, whether it’s a candlelit dinner, a trip to go stargazing or turning out all the lights while you share stories with your friends.

Earth Angel, a production company that aims to reduce its impact on the planet, is hosting a party at the Starrett-Lehigh Building in Chelsea. With food, drink, live entertainment, door prizes, DJs and a lights-out ceremony, it could be a fun way to participate. During Earth Hour, the party will be lit with candles. Visit for more information.

Whatever you end up doing, you can let others know you’re participating by using the hashtag #Connect2Earth.

And in general, the WWF suggests switching to LED lights and cutting out paper and plastic as much as possible.

Source: amNEWYORK

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Dilek Bil spent 33 years in both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures.

Worked 10 years in banking for American Express Bank, BNP-Ak-Dresdner Bank and Société Générale. Her years in financial industry were mostly concentrated on introducing new and innovative financial instruments to help grow volume of trade finance, especially for food and  agricultural products to catalyze  a shared value economy.

Co-founded Kangaroo İletişim in 1994, a brand strategy and advertising agency, worked with international brands such as Volvo, VW and Garanti. End of 2011, spun-off advertising and re-structured her business as  a sustainability consultancy and communications agency. She currently advises companies in creating, defining, building, measuring more purposeful businesses, strategies, brands and compelling communications.

Dilek Bil also serves on the Board of Akmerkez Gayrimenkul Yatirim Ortakligi AS., where she leads the ‘Risk’ and ‘Corporate Governance’ committees.

Dilek Bil created and anchored a weekly TV show on Cnbc-e, named  “Sürsün Bu Dünya”. She interviewed more than 40 opinion leaders  -corporate CEO’s, policy makers, academicians, NGO presidents-  to encourage and show them a new direction of  a sustainable economic model with market opportunities and profitabilty.

Dilek Bil is among inspirational leaders in women empowerment and sustainability, in pursing her task, she also presents at conferences  as well as to students.

Dilek Bil has been actively working in civil society:

Recipient of the “2017 Women of the Decade in Media and Social Change” award by the Women Economic Forum.

Honorary board member and former president of KAGIDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey).

Founding member and the Vice-President of FODER (Financial Literacy and Inclusion Association of Turkey).

Member of the board of trustees WWF-Turkey.

Member of the Strategic Advisory Group for International Council on Women’s Business Leadership.

Former board member of Turkish-British Business Council of DEIK.

Works closely with many civil society organizations: UNSDSN
German Bioeconomy Council, ALL Ladies League

Dilek Bil is an amateur in gastronomy and oenology.

Board member of Accademia Italiana della Cucina.

Founding member of 28-year-old Wine Association of Turkey,

Dilek Bil graduated from Northport High School-New York and has a BA degree from University of North Texas U.S.A., married and has a son.