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Earth Hour has been described as the “lights out” moment since 2007, a symbolic moment to show collective support for the planet. It’s an annual event that celebrates the planet, raises awareness about environmental issues, and encourages us to take actions that protect the earth.

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This year, the campaign is calling on everyone across the globe to switch off their lights and give an hour for Earth, spending 60 minutes doing something—anything—positive for our planet.

People around the world are conserving energy and reducing carbon emissions by participating in this campaign a global event that promotes sustainability. The event occurs every year on the last Saturday of March. 

Hundreds of millions of people will participate in Earth Hour, switching off their lights, electronics, and appliances for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to the environment. 

Will you participate in Earth Hour? Here are 5 facts you should know.

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5 Facts About Earth Hour You Need to Know.

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It’s More About Rebuilding Connection Than Just Switching Off

Earth Hour is a global movement that encourages all communities to turn off their lights and show their concern for the future of our planet.

Earth Hour is Helping to Tackle Deforestation 

During the Earth Hour 2013 campaign, WWF Uganda launched the world’s first ‘Earth Hour Forest’ to restore 2,700 hectares of degraded land in East Africa. 

Earth Hour Made it to Space

As part of the movement, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti held a sign floating inside the International Space Station reading “Change Climate Change.”.

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Earth Hour Happens Every March

On  Saturday 25 March 2023, millions of homes around the world will switch their lights off to show they care about the environment. This will happen between the hours of 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time.

What is Earth Hour?

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Earth Hour is a global event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), held annually on the last Saturday of March. This year it will be on 25th March at 8.30 pm local time. People all over the world turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for the environment and commitment to combating climate change. 

Millions of people participate annually in more than 190 countries in the event, which started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, it has spread to become a global movement. For instance, in 2008 besides the Australians, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, The CN Tower in Toronto, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge stood in darkness for this event.

The purpose of the 60 minutes campaign is to increase public awareness of the effects of climate change and to motivate individuals to take action to live more sustainably and with less carbon footprint. People can save energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions by disconnecting electronics for just one hour and turning off the lights. 

The occasion serves as a wake-up call for corporations and governments to make more significant efforts to combat climate change and make the transition to a low-carbon economy. Everyone should take care of their natural environment resources to prevent the degradation of the earth.

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Why is Earth Hour so Important?

Why Is Earth Hour Important?- 5 Facts You Should Know
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The principal objective of Earth Hour is to increase public awareness of environmental issues, notably issue of climate change. It acts as a reminder that everyone has a part to play in tackling environmental concerns in addition to increasing awareness. The World Wildlife Fund’s mission is to enlighten people to make a big difference in their small efforts for the earth.

Below are specific impacts.

Earth hour is a Symbol of Hope for Nature

Earth Hour is more than just turning off our lights for an hour. We should also reflect on our ever-lasting impact on the planet and how we can make a difference together. Let’s live in harmony with our nature.

By combining our efforts, greenhouse gas emissions could be halved within the next decade, nature and wildlife could be recovering all around us, and habitats could be thriving again. We can therefore influence positive changes through collective, global action by turning off our lights, while also giving hope for the future. 

It Brings Local and Global Communities Together

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Earth Hour is a global event that highlights the vulnerability of our planet and the need to tackle climate change. Over 9 million people participated in 2020, and landmarks around the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Colosseum, and the Eiffel Tower, as well as the London Eye and the Empire State Building, turned off their lights to support it.

Inspires People to Make Small, Positive Changes

Small efforts lie planting trees during earth hour could safe the planet.
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Making a tiny change in one day is just one aspect of the campaign. Volunteering an hour for Earth serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact. Your small gesture will have saved irreversible nature loss or biodiversity loss.

Millions of individuals have come together strongly to reduce our negative environmental impacts. Also, when we alter our behavior to downsize our negative impact on the world, we encourage those around us to follow suit.

To influence Important Environmental Policies 

Earth Hour is also a moment when everyone throughout the world raises their voices in unison to actually change the planet. Environmental groups, civic groups, and citizens have taken advantage of recent circumstances to urge their governments and political figures to enact significant environmental legislation or to start green initiatives.

The Galápagos Islands now have a ban on plastic and disposable packaging as a result of this. Together with other environmental improvements to safeguard our ecosystem and climate for current and future generations, it also served as inspiration for the establishment of a Marine Protected Area in French Polynesia.

Inform the Next Generation

Earth Hour allows young people to express themselves, have fun, and have a good, long-lasting influence. From discussing biodiversity in the classroom, exchanging tales over campfires, and making vows for the environment, to taking positive action through recycling plastic and turning off the lights.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Earth Hour make a difference?

Consider it a collective activity that will cause a meaningful impact. Thus, turning off our lights may not have much of an impact in and of itself, but it is up to us to go further and incorporate it into our regular routines. Then we might just see a difference.

Q: Why is it called Earth Hour?

It is a global movement that happens within an hour, hence the name. It’s a call to stand up, take responsibility, get involved, and lead the global journey to a sustainable future.

Q: Does the US participate in Earth Hour?

The entire US has joined the worldwide campaign for meaningful climate action, with the endorsement of 33 States, it was observed in all other states and the capital.

Q: When and where begins the Earth hour?

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It all started on March 31, 2007, a Saturday. More than 2.2 million people participated in the world’s first Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia, to demonstrate to a climate-skeptical administration that people were concerned about climate change. It has since been observed every last Saturday in March.

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Sedi Djentuh
Sedi Djentuh
Hey, Sedi here, a content writer. She's fascinated by the interplay between people, lifestyle, relationships, tech and communication dedicated to empowering and spreading positive messages about humanity. She's an avid reader and a student of personal weekly workouts. When she's not writing, Sedi is busy advocating for plastic-free earth with her local NGO.

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