The World Wildlife Fund (WWF’s) Earth Hour is celebrated every year on the last Saturday of March. This year it falls on March 28, 2020. It will be celebrated today with all public events being canceled because of coronavirus pandemic.
What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement composed by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held yearly encouraging people, communities, and businesses to turn off unimportant electric lights, for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on a particular day towards the finish of March, as a symbol of commitment to the planet. It was begun as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. From that point forward, it has developed to connect over 7,000 urban communities and towns across 187 nations and domains to bring issues to light for energy consumption and impacts on the environment.
Earth Hour is the world’s greatest switch off event – a moment millions meet up for nature, individuals and the planet.
During these troublesome times, we need like never before to discover approaches to associate with one another and move trust later on.
Our health, satisfaction, and future rely upon nature – so this year, care for yourself, one another and our planet.
Occasionally, in years when Holy Saturday falls on the last Saturday of March, then Earth Hour is moved a week ahead of schedule instead of its usual date.
This year, we are confronting Earth Hour in outstanding conditions with nations around the globe encountering a health emergency with the flare-up of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We perceive the uncommon challenge that the world is confronting and we thank you for your help as we attempt to realign our Earth Hour work appropriately. Considering the most recent improvements, the Earth Hour global organizing group is prescribing all people to participate in this event digitally this year.
When is Earth Hour 2020?
Earth Hour 2020 is scheduled for March 28, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
This event is an annual custom wherein individuals switch off their lights to spread awareness about sustainability and climate change. Begun by the World Wildlife Fund, it happens on March 28, 2020, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time. (Furthermore, it’s not to be mistaken for Earth Day)
Earth Hour History
In 2004, defied with scientific discoveries, WWF Australia met with advertising organization Leo Burnett Sydney to “discuss ideas for engaging Australians on the issue of climate change”. The idea of a huge scope switch off was authored and created in 2006, initially under the working title “The Big Flick”. WWF Australia introduced their idea to Fairfax Media who, alongside Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, consented to back the event. The 2007 Earth Hour was held on March 31 in Sydney, Australia at 7:30 pm, local time.
In October 2007 San Francisco ran its own “Lights Out” program inspired by the Sydney Earth Hour. After their successful event in October, the coordinators chose to mobilize behind the event being anticipated in March 2008.
Begun by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is presently one of the world’s biggest grassroots movements for the environment, drawing in a great many individuals over 180 nations and regions. It has gotten an impetus for positive environmental effects, driving major administrative changes by harnessing the intensity of the individuals.
Earth Hour is open-source and we invite everybody, anybody, to participate and help intensify our main goal to join individuals to secure our planet.
Purpose of Earth Hour
In 2007, we supported individuals around the globe to turn off their lights to point out climate change. Over 10 years after the fact, the climate emergency stays, aggravated by another urgent threat: the quick loss of biodiversity and nature.
Natural systems are imperative for every one of our futures – but then, the rate of worldwide loss of nature during the previous 50 years is exceptional in mankind’s history. As we know, Nature not only gives us food, water, clean air, and different services worth over US$125 trillion every year – it is also one of our strongest partners against climate change. Securing nature is one of the quickest, incredible, and financially savvy answers for the climate emergency.
Today, Earth Hour intends to start worldwide discussions on securing nature not exclusively to battle the climate emergency, however, to guarantee our health, satisfaction, prosperity and even endurance.
How to celebrate Earth Hour 2020?
For the first time since its initiation in 2007, Earth Hour will be occurring solely online.
On Saturday 28 March, a large number of individuals around the globe will meet up digitally to mark the event, battling for bound together global activity to spare the natural world.
There are various approaches to participate, including turning off your lights for an hour at 8:30 pm local time and watching one of the live streams on the night.
This year, a new initiative from the World Economic Forum will become the overwhelming focus as a petition called “Voice for the Planet”. The petition approaches world leaders to take urgent action to ensure our natural home and welcomes individuals from everywhere throughout the world to add their voice to the planet’s request for help.