The Mother Church

of  The Dakotas

  517 Douglas  Avenue,  Yankton, SD 57078




Christ Church will be hosting our second Earth Hour in the undercroft at Christ Church on Saturday, March 24 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Central.  For the first hour, we will start with some meditation to reflect on the earth, then have a short presentation on what Earth Hour and Connect2Earth is all about.  I will then present on the decline of the Cottonwood forests along the Missouri River.  At 8:30 – 9:30pm, we will turn off all the lights and use candles between 8:30 – 9:30pm to represent our united commitment with millions of people around the world to learn about and support efforts to offset and prevent climate change impacts.  During that hour, we will engage in discussions on environmental issues.  I will have some wine (as well as other beverages) and snacks available.


2018 marks the 11th Anniversary of Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to unite people to take action for the planet. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights out event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage hundreds of millions of supporters, individuals and organizations alike, in more than 7000 cities and towns in over 175 countries and territories worldwide. As the world’s first open-source climate change campaign, Earth Hour has inspired millions worldwide to take action for our planet and help change climate change.


Earth Hour has always been about the power of individuals to be a part of global conversations and solutions for our planet. Connect2Earth is a call for people worldwide to connect with the environmental issues and causes that they personally care about. This Earth Hour, we invite people around the world to ‘spark’ never-before conversations on the loss of nature around them. ( is a platform to capture global conversations around biodiversity, for people to connect to each other and drive global awareness and action on biodiversity. It is the first step toward creating the global momentum we need to steer the planet away from a path of staggering biodiversity or nature loss.


If you are unable to attend, I invite you to visit ( and ) to learn more about what is going on regarding environmental issue around the world, and take part in Earth Hour at your home on Saturday night by turning your lights out at 8:30pm for one hour.


Come with some ideas for discussion!  Hope to see you there.


Carol Smith





Christ Episcopal Church         517 Douglas Avenue        Yankton, SD 57078          605.665.2456