Earth Hour is just around the corner, again! I feel like with annual events and holidays you really realise how quickly time flies. What? It’s Earth Hour again?! We’re only here for just a short moment and then *poof* it’s all over. That’s even more the reason the embrace each moment and each Earth Hour. If you missed it last year now you’ve got the chance to join the movement!
What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is, as the name suggests, an hour-long event that takes place around the world. It is coordinated by WWF together with various volunteer organisations and crosses geographic, political and religious boundaries and connects millions of people with one common goal: Creating climate change action.
Earth Hour 2018 will take place on Saturday March 24th at 8.30pm local time regardless of your time zone. Basically the event consists of people around the world switching off all of their lights and any electrical appliances for one hour (8.30 – 9.30 pm) and raising awareness for climate change. Earth Hour isn’t about saving energy or cutting down on your electricity bill. It’s about raising awareness for the one and only planet we have, and that we are rapidly and consistently destroying. Combatting climate change is obviously much more than just turning your lights off for an hour once a year, but all change stems from awareness and interest. Earth Hour aims to raise the awareness needed for the planet’s inhabitants to adapt more sustainable lifestyles.
Why Earth Hour?
The first Earth Hour was held in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and had over two million participants. 10 years later, in 2017, the event had turned itself into an international phenomenon reaching 187 countries and territories as well as millions of people, communities, organisations and private companies. Over 3000 monuments and landmarks switched off their lights in support of the event.
Finland celebrated its first Earth Hour in 2009 and it 2017 1,3 million Finns took part. That’s a lot of people for a country with just 5,5 million inhabitants! Over 120 Finnish restaurants, bars and cafés pledged to turn off their lights as well as over 70 schools and hundreds of companies.
Changed attitudes lead to actions, and some of Earth Hour’s accomplishments during its ten-year history include:
– Over 250.000 planted trees during Earth Hour 2016
– 50.000 collected signatures in Spain petitioning for renewable energy sources in Spain
– Earth Hour 2014 lead to a complete plastic bag ban on the Galapagos Islands
– Fundraising in Nepal and Madagascar for energy-efficient and environmentally friendly stoves in homes
– Campaigning for solar panel usage in India and Philippines
– Fundraising for the restoration of damaged and lost traditional fishing boats in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines in 2013
How to take part in Earth Hour?
If you’re in Finland there are several different Earth Hour events planned for the 24th of March, and more undoubtably are still to come.
Mikäli haluat ilmoittaa oman tapahtumasi mukaan Suomen Earth Houriin, klikkaa tästä linkistä.
Join the movement!
By going to your country’s WWF page you can find more information on Earth Hour in your country as well as ways to participate. Regardless of your country or time zone, remember to turn the lights off on Saturday March 24, 2018 from 8.30-9.30 pm.