This Saturday at 8:30pm, your community will go dark. Don’t panic! This effort is known as Earth Hour and contributes to a larger initiative by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to take responsibility for the sustainability of Earth’s future.
Who Participates in Earth Hour?
Millions of people across the world take part in Earth Hour. Various community and business leaders, politicians, and individual citizens all do their part to reduce carbon emissions and conserve resources. Year after year, entire cities on every continent stand in darkness. It’s an amazing sight!
The Short History of Earth Hour
Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia, when 2.2 million homes and businesses agreed to turn off their lights for a full hour. This was in 2007. The very next year, Earth Hour spread to 50 million across 35 countries. In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour.
Last year, an unprecedented 187 countries and territories switched off their lights.
Visit #Connect2Earth to read some of these participants stories
How to Participate in Earth Hour
- Turn off your lights on this Saturday, March 24th at 8:30pm
- Remind your friends and family to switch off their non-essential lights and all other unnecessary electrical appliances during Earth Hour
How to Go Above and Beyond
- Only print and make use of paper when necessary and use both sides when possible
- Ditch the disposables! Utilize reusable lunch-boxes and water bottles
- Remember to turn off the lights and air-conditioners when leaving the office
- Switch to LED lights at home
- Say NO to paper and plastic and use reusable bags whenever possible
- Walk or cycle to places and take public transportations
- Choose to consume sustainably-sourced products and purchase only what you need in order to minimize food waste
- Select products with organic and/or biodegradable packaging
- Donate non-perishable items and/or items you no longer use instead of throwing them away
- Find your local WWF representative and share your concerns and ideas for the future