Earth Hour is one of the world’s largest environmental grassroots movements that exist today. Established in 2007 to bring awareness to climate change, this day is observed on the last Saturday of March, and involves millions of people around the world switching off their lights for one hour to show support for environmental issues. Although this day asks nothing more of individuals than to simply flip a switch, this Earth Hour creates a much larger impact for awareness and participation in other environmental movements.
While still bringing awareness to the significance of climate change, Earth Hour has transitioned to placing emphasis on a number of environmental issues including the accelerated loss of biodiversity around the world. Earth Hour states that their mission now is to address the global loss of nature that has happened in the last 50 years, and seek to protect the nature that remains, while also encouraging the growth of biodiversity by fighting deforestation, pollution, and animal trapping.
This year, participants will switch off their lights for sixty minutes on Saturday, March 28, at 8:30pm local time. In the wake of Covid-19, Earth Hour will be celebrated more digitally this year, and there are a number of things you can do to join in.
Before Saturday, you can:
- Educate your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues about Earth Hour and encourage everyone you know to take part
- Join in the #DanceForThePlanet challenge or #FlipTheSwitch challenge on TikTok
On Saturday, you can:
- Watch #EarthHourLive to see online events around the world
- Share your photos, stories, and ideas on social media using @EarthHour on Facebook and Twitter, @EarthHourOfficial on Instagram, and/or #EarthHour on all platforms
After Saturday, you can:
- Continue saving energy by turning off the lights when you exit a room or unplugging appliances not currently in use
- Encourage others to be aware of climate change and know how they are contributing to the problem or the solution
- Talk about the significance of biodiversity and take action to support eco-friendly companies and organizations
To learn more about Earth Hour, visit their website.
To learn more about things you can do, visit the Earth Hour “Take Part” page.
To learn more about WWF, visit their website.