"A Bicycle in Winter Snow in Arlington, Virginia" image by *Sally M* (Sally Mahoney)
DeHaan Services promoted the upcoming 2013 Earth Hour with special attention to the one official Earth Hour event in Toronto.

"How to Celebrate Earth Hour 2013 in Toronto or Anywhere" also answers "What is Earth Hour? When is Earth Hour? What are Earth Hour activities for kids? What's the difference between Earth Hour and Earth Day"? (Hint: there's more than a 23 hour difference).

A Triple Writing Tip in Less Than an Hour

The usual way to commemorate Earth Hour is to light a candle, although this is not recommended by the Toronto Fire Department. (My article links to their advice and suggestions via 680 News; but you can guess their main reason for suggesting flashlights).

When writing this article, my usually trustworthy site for Creative Commons-licensed images did not respond. Rather than wait, I raided my archives of previously stored photographs.

That's why we have a snowed-in bicycle for Earth Hour in March. As I write, I can see snow still in the yard; but the streets of Toronto are clear and dry. Really! So my article mentions biking as eco-friendly activity for Earth Hour, and discounts the snow-on-the-bicycle image.

Today's writing tip has three sides.

First, it's best to find the absolutely perfect image to illustrate your article. Do what I say, not what I did in writing this Earth Hour article.

Second, if you need to meet a deadline, there's nothing like having a supply of images ready for the task. You never know when your connection to the Web will drop, or when a reliable site will go down or be overtaxed by other visitors.

Finally, if you cannot find the right image, admit it in the article and say that you're making a point by using it. In this case, I put the emphasis on getting outdoors for Earth Hour, and pointed to the weather forecast for Saturday in Toronto. "No snow" for 2013 Earth Hour became the message, thanks to being stuck in the snow with a not-quite-perfect picture.

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