This year, Earth Hour takes place on Saturday 29th March 2014 at 8:30pm. Join millions of people across the world who switch lights off for an hour.
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.
It’s a brilliant reminder that together we can make change happen, and it gives us a chance to think about the small things we can do everyday to help create a brighter future. So whether you reflect under the stars or celebrate by candlelight, it’s a moment to say you’ll do your bit to protect our planet – not just for one hour, but every day.
Because turning out the lights is just the beginning…..
“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.
Last 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 power 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. When the lights switch off at 8.30pm on 29th March, it’s our planet’s time to shine!
Please everyone, take part in Earth Hour this year and every year. Switch off your lights for 60 minutes and help stop global warming, before it’s too late…..