When Earth Hour started as a symbolic lights-out event 13 years ago in Sydney, Australia, no one could have guessed how it would grow! Today over 35 countries around the world participate as official flagship cities and over 400 cities support Earth Hour. Thousands of landmarks around the world turn off their non-essential lighting for Earth Hour.
The global movement, started by World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), encourages individuals, businesses, and entire communities to turn their non-essential lights out for one hour, on Saturday March 28, 2020 at 8:30-9:30 pm local time.
But Earth Hour goes far beyond the symbolic action of switching off – it has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people and collective action. In the past, Earth Hour has helped launch meaningful projects including:
- Garnered the support to help pass a Senate law that protected a 3.4 million hectare marine sanctuary in Argentina
- Called for new legislation for protection of forests in Russia
- Planted 17 million trees in Kazakhstan
- Advocated for a ban for the use of plastic in Ecuador
While Earth Hour is symbolic, the event is also about taking action beyond the hour. It’s also about getting involved in an event near you. No matter what change you want to see environmentally, Earth Hour is an all-encompassing tool to get things done. It’s about mobilizing efforts and then catapulting that energy into real change. Visit the Earth Hour website to learn how you can take part.
Become a local champion of a global movement by spreading awareness of Earth Hour and their mission in your community