Earth Hour 2013 was held on March 23rd, 2013 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm, local time. It’s motto is to raise awareness about climate change and show support for renewable energy.
Earth Hour is a worldwide event, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and held annually towards the end of March, encouraging everyone to turn off non-essential lights for one hour, to raise awareness of the need to take action on climate change. The event, conceived by WWF and Leo Burnett, first took place in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney, Australia, participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney’s lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. Earth Hour also sees famous landmarks taking part, such as; the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, London’s Buckingham Palace, the Empire State Building in New York and Niagara Falls.
“What started as an event in Sydney in 2007 with two million people has now become a tradition across the country and across the world,” Dermot O’Gorman, head of WWF-Australia.
This year, Bangkok set a record for power saving, during the global Earth Hour energy-saving campaign. Bangkok joined 7,000 other towns and cities in 152 countries in a worldwide ‘lights out’ campaign, for the sixth consecutive year, when shopping malls, business outlets and government offices turned off their between 8.30 and 9.30pm. In Bangkok alone, 1,699 megawatts of electricity, which would have created an estimated 1,073 tonnes of emissions of carbon dioxide and cost consumers a total of 6.65 million baht, were spared.
Global warming is now the greatest threat to mankind, but we can make a difference, if we all act together.
Please everyone, take part in Earth Hour every year. Switch off your lights for 60 minutes and help stop global warming, before it’s too late.