Saturday, March 16, 2013

Living Green: Stop Start and Continue for Earth Hour

Hannah Alper is just 10 years old, but this Canadian has made a name for herself with She recently launched her STOP, START AND CONTINUE campaign for Earth Hour 2013, happening Saturday March 23th from 8:30pm-9:30pmET. 

Hannah said children and kids are passionate about supporting causes that promote help and change for the environment. “Earth Hour should be a time to connect with your family and friends to talk about and renew your commitment to the environment. This Pledge and certificate encourages individuals and families to consider what they can do - STOP, START and CONTINUE in the year ahead for the well-being of the environment. Earth Hour encourages all of us to unplug and shut off. I want people to really think about why they are shutting down for the hour and think about what they can do to help. We can all do something.”

Hannah hopes The Pledge will find a place in the home, office or classroom and will be proudly displayed to make families and kids feel good about what each of them are doing and to remind them of their commitment. A few of Hannah’s Ideas for The Pledge include:

Using plastic water bottles
Leaving lights on when you leave the room
Using plastic bags
Throwing out what can be donated or reused (clothes, toys, books)
Unplug electronics when not using them
I will organize a cleanup in my neighbourhood
Get involved with local causes
Grow a garden and try to plant some of my vegetables
Turn off the water when I’m brushing my teeth

“When you power down for the hour, I want you to spend that time and think about what you can do, what you change - what you can stop, start and continue. Three things, that’s it. Those three things add up to a big difference,” says Hannah.

Hannah Alper started her blog after participating in a 3-hour Word Press workshop at The Digital Family Summit in Philadelphia in June 2012. After reaching 100,000 page views in less than 2 months, she was interviewed by Global TV, ZOOMER, The Marilyn Show, CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos, and has been featured in a spotlight from Chickadee Magazine and named as a Champion of the Earth in Owl Magazine.

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