Book Trailer Premiere: Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet by Nanette Heffernan and Bao Luu

A Guest Post by Nanette Heffernan 

Nanette Heffernan: Several years ago I was driving home at night across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Suddenly the lights on the bridge went out. Later I learned the bridge had gone dark in honor of Earth Hour. Exactly one year later I returned to the Golden Gate Bridge. When the lights went out at 8:30 sharp, I made a pledge to share this event with children everywhere. That night the first draft of EARTH HOUR, a lights-out event for our planet was born.

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement in support of energy conservation and sustainability, sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). On a Saturday night near the equinox in March at 8:30 local time, thousands of famous monuments from the Eiffel Tower to the Great Wall of China to the Statue of Liberty, and millions individuals and businesses in over 7,000 cities, go dark in solidarity for our planet. This one small act reminds all of us—whether we are five or one hundred and five—of our collective power to impact climate change.

EARTH HOUR helps readers explore a variety of energy uses in our daily lives from cooking, to laundry, to bubble baths, and of course, lights. A strong backmatter section dives into the science of where energy comes from, the effects energy production has on the environment, and how our choices can reduce pollution.

EARTH HOUR, a lights-out event for our planet is available January 2020 from Charlesbridge Publishing.

Nanette Heffernan is a Certified Sustainability Consultant for schools in California and a major champion of the urgent need for humans to reduce emissions that drive climate change. Earth Hour is her debut picture book.


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