Since 2007, Earth Hour has more than 7,000 cities and towns across 187 countries participating.
Every year World Wide Fund for Nature sets out on the almighty task of encouraging everyone; from individuals to huge corporate businesses, to turn off all non-essential electricity for just one hour. This event has been dubbed Earth Hour a global, grassroots movement which started in Sydney, but over the years has successfully united hundreds of millions of participants from all across the globe.
Why should you join in?
Well there are endless reasons why you should get involved in a global movement spreading awareness about the impact of our modern lives on Earth, but here’s a very simple and perfect summary by WWF:
We are the first generation to know we are destroying the world. And we could be the last that can do anything about it.
It’s not just individuals getting involved, some of the world’s biggest landmarks and attractions have agreed to take part in Earth Hour, such
Earth Hour is about giving a voice to people everywhere who don’t want to see our world fall apart around us due to the impact of climate change and pollution. Now switching off the electricity in your house for an hour might not seem like a hugely significant way to fight against these global issues. But when the masses join together, real change can and has happened. For example in the past Earth Hour has:
- Successfully pushed for planet-friendly laws, such as a ban on plastic in the Galapagos Islands.
- Influenced climate policy in Russia, Argentina, Ecuador and Wales.
- 90% of the people who take part in Earth Hour says it inspires them to do more to protect the planet.
What else can you do?
After Earth Hour is over the fight for our planet is still going strong. If you’re interested in doing more then you can also join WWF and pledge to make a difference to do your part for our world.
Washing powder brand, Ariel, has also generously agreed to donate £1 for every single pledge that is made – so let’s rinse them!
Last year in the UK alone, 10 million people took part in Earth Hour – let’s see what we can do to beat that turnout this year!
Earth Hour is set to take place on 30th March at 8:30-9:30 pm (GMT), so get ready to turn those lights off and maybe even go appreciate and enjoy nature!