Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
~ M. Mead
On the 1st of February 2007
The Alliance for the Planet [a group of environmental associations] is calling on all citizens to create 5 minutes of electrical rest for the planet.
Power Down for 5 Minutes
People all over the world should turn off their lights and electrical appliances on the 1st of February 2007, between 1.55 pm and 2.00 pm in New York, 18.55pm for London, and 19.55pm for Paris, Bruxelles, and Italy, 20:55pm in Jerusalem, 22.25pm in Tehran 1.55pm in Ottawa, 10.55 am on the Pacific Coast of North America, 1.55am and 2.00 am in Vietnam.
(Use this to synchronise your power-down: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/)
This is not just about saving 5 minutes worth of electricity; this is about getting the attention of the media, politicians, and ourselves.
Five minutes of electrical down time for the planet: this does not take long, costs nothing, and will show all political leaders that global warming is an issue that needs to come first and foremost in political debate.
Why February 1?
This is the day when the new UN report on global climate change will come out in Paris.
This event affects us all, involves us all, and provides an occasion to show how important an issue global warming is to us. If we all participate, this action can have real media and political weight.
Please circulate this call to your utmost ability to your network.