Earth Hour is the World Wildlife Fund’s project in which people, businesses, and governments all over the world turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change. Earth Hour is a symbolic event designed to engage people from all walks of life in the climate change discussion in order to send a strong message to our political leaders that we want them to take meaningful action on climate change.
How do you participate in Earth Hour? It’s easy: All you have to do is turn off your non-essential lighting (or turn everything off, if you want to) on March 31st at 8:30 p.m. local time. That’s it! Just like New Year’s Eve, Earth Hour will travel from time zone to time zone for 24 hours starting in New Zealand.
Five years ago, the people of Sydney, Australia (2.2 million people) turned off their lights for one hour. More than 2,100 businesses switched off too. As a result, Sydney’s energy consumption was reduced by 10.2%. Even the Opera House turned off its famous lights, temporarily changing the Sydney Harbor’s beautiful skyline. What began as one city taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world.
This year, all seven continents, all G20 countries, thousands of cities, and iconic landmarks and public figures will join with hundreds of millions across the world to celebrate action for the planet. Even Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II will be involved, as according to the Earth Hour Facebook page, Buckingham Palace and other royal properties will be going dark at 8:30 p.m. GMT this Saturday.
Earth Hour is about the simple changes that will collectively make a difference – from businesses turning off their lights when their offices are empty to households turning off appliances rather than leaving them on standby. As a parent, one of the many things Recycla has taught her daughters it to turn lights off when they leave a room.
If you get a chance, visit the Earth Hour website to learn more about Earth Hour, as well as how you can make easy changes every day.
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