It’s Earth Day again and time for all of us to use our power to change climate change. Earth Hour is a global environmental movement by World Wildlife Foundation which started in Sydney, Australia back in 2007.
Every March, Earth Hour celebrates the symbolic “lights off” hour which has grown from a single city initiative to a mass global event involving more than 162 countries and 7,000 cities and towns. The movement is collectively supported by millions of individuals, organizations, and governments. As of 2014, it has grown to become the world’s largest mass participation event in history.
Here’s why Earth Hour was created:
Stage 1 - Bring people together through a symbolic hour-long event
The first stage has been achieved - the symbolic act of lights off around the world to inspire and unite people behind a common purpose.
Stage 2 - Galvanize people into taking action beyond the hour
The second stage was to take Earth Hour beyond the hour. The movement has seen major success in the past two years through “I Will If You Will,” the Earth Hour City Challenge and remarkable environmental outcomes from Russia to Argentina. The Earth Hour brand has become a platform to help countries mobilize individuals on environmental priorities.
Stage 3 - Create an interconnected global community sharing the mutual goal of creating a sustainable future for the planet
Earth Hour in 2014 swept the globe, bringing together millions of people from 162 countries and territories across all continents. The movement proves that one person has the capacity to inspire change. You have the power to make a difference.
Earth Hour belongs to you. Celebrate your commitment to the planet with your friends, family, community or at work - in your own way. A simple event can be just turning off all non-essential lights from 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
For one hour, focus on your commitment to our planet for the rest of this year. To celebrate, you can have a candlelit dinner, talk to your neighbours, stargaze, go camping, play board games, create or join a community event - the possibilities are endless.