The world’s largest environmental movement is nearly upon us; we’re giddy with excitement! As an individualistic society, every now and again, collective magic happens, and we group together to make positive change. World Earth Hour takes place on the 24th of March, at 8:30pm, local time. Prepare yourselves.
On the 24th of March, 8:30pm, millions of people will be turning off their lights (and often electricity in general) for one hour. Earth Hour is about solidarity. A time to feel connected to each other, connected to the earth, and reflect on how these two elements (people and the earth) intertwine with each other. It’s a symbol of unity; a gesture to show we care about mother nature. We stand together, conscious of our impact and ready to make positive change to reduce it. Earth Hour was founded in 2007 by WWF in Sydney, Australia. Since then, millions of supporters have joined in, and participants now spread across 187 countries. Schools, businesses, individuals, and public figures, band together, and every year the numbers grow.
You must be wondering by now: why the heck would turning off my lights for an hour, help the environment? The truth is, Earth Hour is a symbolic event for greater change. Climate change threatens to damage and destroy our beautiful natural landscapes and wildlife. Our stunning Australia is already beginning to face massive threats to its biodiversity, and it’s up to us to protect it.
- KOALAS: Eucalyptus leaves no longer have the right balance of nitrogen and water content appropriate for Koalas to find them nutritious enough to be their sole food source. They must risk their lives by venturing down the tree, in search of more food and water.
- ANTARCTICA: Antarctica is one of the fastest warming countries on the planet. Ice sheets are melting, destroying the homes of wildlife, and rearranging the ecosystem to mean species are at risk of becoming extinct.
- ROCK-WALLABIES: Black-flanked rock-wallabies face droughts in their environment due to the rise in temperature. They are a highly endangered species, and the temperature only continues to rise.
Earth hour can be as simple as switching your lights off, but there are so many more ways you can get involved. Participants are encouraged to sign up online and register their participation for head count. Events take place all over the world, World Earth Hour schools are offered Earth Hour lessons to teach about environmental sustainability to their students, and individuals gather up their friends for their own informal events.
WE CHALLENGE YOU: Host a candle lit picnic dessert in your living room, spread the word on your social media, and get your office involved too. You might want to do a candlelit workout, take a hike in the dark with torches, or use that hour to talk with your friends and family about environmental issues.
Earth Hour isn’t an event to make you feel good about your existence for a second (well… an hour to be precise) and then carry on your life as normal. It is the start of change and action. It represents an awakening of society to climate change and our impact on the planet. Let the research continue from there, keep the climate change conversation alive with your pairs, and look at how you can change your daily habits. To find out how you can reduce your waste, and do your part in preserving our environment, read our blog on zero waste.
Don’t stop at Earth Hour.