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On the 19th of March 2016 between 20:30 and 21:30 the world will be celebrating Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet and is organised by the WWF.
Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has since grown into a worldwide movement encompassing 7000 cities and towns.
The aim of Earth Hour is simple: individuals, households and communities are encouraged to switch off their non-essential lights as a show of support for saving the planet from the disastrous effects of climate change.
Earth Hour has not merely succeeded in getting a few people to turn off their lights for one hour in a year. Since its launch ten years ago, the movement has:
- Created the world’s first Earth Hour Forest in Uganda (courtesy of WWF-Uganda).
- Distributed thousands of wood-saving stoves to families in Madagascar.
- Launched education programmes in schools across Thailand and Taiwan.
- Installed solar-powered lights in three rural villages in India.
- Enabled 250 000 Russians to voice their support for better protection of their country’s seas and forests.
- Helped pass a senate bill for a 3.4 million hectare Marine Protected Area in Argentina.
These are just a few of the successes that Earth Hour has had and more can be achieved through your support. To be a part of this world-changing movement is simple. All you have to do is switch off all your non-essential lights and appliances from 20:30 to 21:30. If you, like us, are the type who want to do more, keep your lights and appliances off for longer, or, fund a project or add your voice to support a project through Earth Hour Blue.
For more information on this year’s Earth Hour, please click here.
The challenges that lie ahead are great, but through small everyday actions we can change our trajectory and realise a truly sustainable future.