For one hour, once a year, communities come together to turn off as many lights and electronics as possible. This year we switch off in solidarity with global efforts to secure nature and our home: 30 March, 8:30pm your time. It’s time to #Connect2Earth.
When, Where and Who?
Around the globe, all countries are invited to participate in Earth Hour, on March 30th at 8:30pm your local time. Everyone is invited to participate and join the cause. When the environment benefits, we all benefit.
The main purpose of Earth Hour is to help combat global warming.
“Since the industrial revolution, human actions have caused average global temperatures to rise by almost 1°C. Levels of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are higher than they have been at any point in human existence and are still increasing. Over the coming decades, global temperatures will continue to rise. But we don’t yet know how much and how fast will they rise.
Scientists warn that 1.5°C of warming will likely have catastrophic impacts. Extreme weather events – from floods and storms, to droughts and heatwaves – bringing huge social and economic costs. Melting ice causing sea levels to rise, flooding coastal cities and whole island nations. Water scarcity and crop failures causing food shortages and unprecedented movements of people within countries and across national borders. Huge, irreversible damage to nature, potentially leading to mass extinctions.
And this could happen within a human lifespan, leaving our children and grandchildren to cope with the results.”
We need to come together to help decrease our greenhouse gas emissions. Every year when we turn off our lights to help reduce the amount of electricity we use which in turn helps the environment.
Since this only happens once a year, why not make it a fun exciting learning experience for children. Talk to them about conservation and the effects of wasteful energy use on the environment.
Earth Hour Activities:
– Have children turn off as much as they can (Identify Energy Usage)
– Go for a hike! With most of the lights off in the city, it is easier to see the stars
– Play board games by candlelight
– Have a party by candlelight
By donating to Earth Hour you are helping their efforts of:
Bringing real change to the lives of thousands of people around the world such as when they provided families with fuel-efficient stoves in Nepal & Madagascar.
Provided communities with climate-smart boats after typhoon Haiyan and bringing solar power to families in India.