What is Earth Hour?
The Earth Hour is celebrated on the last Saturday of March every year. It happens every year between 8.30 and 9.30pm.
The day is observed in order to conserve energy and draw the world's attention to the cause of environmental degradation. World Wide Fund (WWF’s) Earth Hour is a global annual event where hundreds of millions of people switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about our planet. It’s about people from across the globe coming together to create a symbolic and spectacular lights out display and asking for change.
It all started in 2007, with the first ever Earth Hour organized by the World Wide Fund (WWF) for Nature in Sydney. The hour saw as many as 2.2 million residents of Sydney switch off the lights of their homes and offices in order to pledge their support to saving the environment. The trend soon caught on and several other countries participated across the globe in this initiative. At present, there are about 162 countries which actively observe the hour each year.
The concept of Earth Hour is based upon conserving energy, and hence, opting for a sustainable future. Experts around the world believe that excessive energy consumption is one of the primary causes of global warming that is being experienced around the world. Thus, by switching off non-essential lights for an hour, people not only aim to conserve energy but also bring awareness about the deteriorating environment around us.
How you spend the hour is up to you. You could have a dinner party with friends or loved ones by candlelight, practice your yoga skills or play board games with the family – if you’re lucky, you might even get to try a spot of stargazing!
It’s something so simple but with a big message - the larger cause behind the concept is to adopt healthier and more sustainable ways of living. Thus, if you are pledging your support to the cause of the environment, you shouldn't limit such practices to an hour every year only.
We want to protect the future of our planet. Will you join us?