This Saturday, March 25th, the world will be celebrating Earth Hour starting at 8:30pm. Since 2007, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for Nature’s Earth Hour has been a force in bringing awareness and action to growing concerns about climate change and our environmental impact on the planet.
WWF’s Earth Hour was first celebrated in Sydney Australia back in 2007 with 2.2 million people participating.
“Each year, every last Saturday of March, at 8:30 p.m. in local time, Earth Hour celebrates the symbolic “lights off” hour, which has grown from a one city initiative to a mass global event involving more than 178 countries and 7,000 cities and towns. Iconic buildings and landmarks around the world such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness for Earth Hour.”
The 2016 Earth Hour recorded that millions of people from 178 countries and territories across seven continents participated, including the International Space Station. As the event grows with each year, many have made the commitment to not just observe Earth Hour but to make changes to their daily lives. 2017’s Earth Hour is shaping to be the largest one yet with many joining in to help spread awareness and increase participation.
So what can you do to take part in Earth Hour? Well this Saturday, beginning at 8:30 p.m., switch off your lights for one hour, you will be taking part in demonstrating the need for action on climate change for our future. Some ideas of what to do for that one hour are going out stargazing or enjoying a candlelit dinner party with friends and family. Consider this Earth Hour as an opportunity to enjoy some quality time with your friends and family while also celebrating your role in this global movement.
For more information, you can check out EarthHour.org on how you can bring awareness to climate change or how to create an Earth Hour event.