Article written by Sergiu Bumbacea and Filip Popescu M.Sc
Hi everyone! Today is a special day for all of us. It’s the day when we will celebrate the Earth during the Earth Hour and we will talk about this in today’s blog post.
This year, Earth Hour falls on 27th March at 8.30 pm your hour. It means whenever it is 8.30 pm in your time zone, this will be your Earth Hour.
What is this Earth Hour?
According to the WWF website, Earth Hour is one of the world’s largest movements for our planet. “Millions of people around the world switch off their lights to show they care about the future of our planet – our shared home.”
The best way to understand more is to see this video. Enjoy!
10 facts you didn’t know about Earth Hour according to Marie Claire’s website.
1. Earth Hour first began life in Sydney back in 2007. That year, 2.2 million homes across the city turned off their lights.
2. The World Wide Fund for Nature (previously known as the World Wildlife Fund) charity noticed Sydney’s efforts and expanded the movement internationally the year after, in 2008.
3. It’s not just homes that make the effort to mark Earth Hour – businesses and famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Sydney’s Opera House, the Empire State Building, The Great Pyramids, the Burj Khalifa, Big Ben, and the Colosseum take part, too.
4. Earth Hour isn’t just about switching off lights, either. The aim of the awareness hour is to switch off any unnecessary lights, plugs, and sockets and watch the impact worldwide.
5. Eight years ago, the Ugandan WWF branch bought the world’s first Earth Hour Forest in an attempt to combat current deforestation rates. Since then, the charity has protected over 2,700 hectares of land and aims to repopulate it with 500,000 trees.
6. The theme of this year’s Earth Hour? #Connect2Earth. The WWF website states that the theme was set ‘in a bid to encourage people to reach out and engage in conversations with organizations about the uniqueness and diversity of life.’
7. Fun fact: switching the lights off really does make a difference. Just last year, the Philippines reduced their electricity consumption during Earth Hour by 611MWh. That roughly translates to the same amount of energy that twelve coal-fired power plants use in an hour.
8. Ever seen the Earth Hour logo? It’s got the number 60 on it, symbolizing the 60 minutes Earth Hour asks you to switch your lights off for. Their new logo has a plus sign too, representing the ‘commitment to continue to do positive eco-acts that go beyond Earth Hour,’ they share.
9. This year, for the first time ever, WWF is encouraging an ‘Earth Hour Virtual Spotlight’. The aim is simple: to get as many people as possible to share the film posted on Earth Hour’s social media channels at 8.30 pm. Keep an eye out.
10. And, finally, Earth Hour is held annually in late March every year. Wondering why? Well, it’s to make sure the Spring and Autumn equinoxes coincide in the northern and southern hemispheres. In other words, its held when the sun is setting at round about the same time all over the world – and when an event that asks the world to switch out its lights will be most powerful.
How can you be a part in this big movement?
1. Switch off your lights
Millions of homes across the world will switch off their non-essential lights for one hour on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm.
2. Take action
Take action for our planet with the My Footprint app.
3. Things to do at home
See this list here.
Make an Earth Hour lantern! Check this tutorial.
We are enjoying this Big Movement and appreciate every part of this community. Take a look and get involved! Even if this year is different due to pandemic, we can be together online and celebrate this Earth Hour!
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