On Saturday evening, between the hours of 8:30 and 9:30, the eighth consecutive Earth Hour is due to take place in towns and cities all over the globe. For just one hour on March 29th 2014, millions of people worldwide will join together in darkness in a collective effort to raise awareness of the responsibility we have to care for our planet. From its humble beginnings in Sydney back in 2007, Earth Hour has since spiraled to become a globally-recognised event reminding all of us of the importance of our natural world.
What do you need to do?
Earth Hour is all about switching off – that means no lights, no Facebook, no Twitter, and no anything that uses up energy. Some major organisations across the world will be switching off, including some more local than others:
What you’ll need:
- The simple desire to want to help the planet (a bit of goodness in your heart)
- ‘Off’ switches for all electrical devices and appliances (they all have them – there’s really no excuse!)
- Candles (because everything looks better in candlelight)
- A pack of cards, a board game, or something equally fun and energy-neutral!
How Earth Hour helps
Earth Hour isn’t just about sitting at home with the lights off; this international movement is benefitting natural causes the world over!
- In Uganda, half a million trees will be planted in the world’s first Earth Hour Forest in a fight against the 6000 hectares of deforestation.
- In Russia, a long-awaited law to protect the country’s seas from oil pollution was finally passed after 120,000 Russians brought their voices to the government.
- In Argentina, 3.4 million hectares of sea are being protected, raising the level of protection of Argentina’s seas from 1% to more than 4%.
Just take a look at the Earth Hour Projects Page to see what fundraising is going on, and how it’s helping.
Whilst you’re here, why not get involved?
Follow the conversation on Twitter at #EarthHour.
We’ll see you on the other side!