EARTH HOUR was created by the World Wide Fund (W.W.F.) and is held annually, encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights, for one hour, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm as a symbol of commitment to our planet.
This symbolic act raises awareness of the continuing destruction of our natural resources and the threat we face from climate change. In addition, it demonstrates a commitment to making healthier choices that benefit all living creatures and the environment.
EARTH HOUR is a symbol of unity and hope. It is proof that collective action can be a catalyst for change. Since its inception in 2007, EARTH HOUR has become the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment. And their voices have been heard!
Ordinary people taking action in countries such as Russia, Argentina, and French Polynesia have initiated legislation to protect their seas, waterways, and marine life from pollution. Uganda created the first-ever EARTH HOUR forest, and the Galapagos Islands became the first province in Ecuador to ban plastic bags and other disposable packaging. In 2016, 50,000 citizens urged the Spanish government to phase out fossil fuels and transition to renewables.
Who knew turning off lights for one hour could serve as a stepping stone to such monumental actions?
The Ultimate Challenge
Humanity's ultimate challenge is to achieve the global temperature limit adopted by the Paris Agreement nearly ten years ago.
In December 2015, 196 Parties in December 2015 set a goal to hold "the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels" and pursue efforts "to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels." World leaders set a deadline of 2030 to cap the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees C.
The next seven years are crucial in determining whether we stay within these limits. Greenhouse gas emissions must peak before 2025 at the latest and decline 43% by 2030. Additionally, we need to step up our efforts to reverse environmental destruction.
Mother Nature has always been our ally in maintaining the environment. Unfortunately, we are losing the plants and trees she needs to cool and clean the air. Woodlands and rainforests are being cleared for development faster than they can be replaced. Diversity cannot be maintained with all the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems being destroyed by pollution, poisonous chemicals, and development.
Individuals, communities, businesses, and governments must all urgently step up their efforts to protect and restore our one home. It sounds dire, but it's doable if everyone chips in by decreasing our carbon footprints and putting forth more effort to repair our natural world.
On Saturday, March 25, 2023, supporters in over 190 countries and territories aim to send a global message reminding folks what we all have in common and what we stand to lose. It's a call to action to put aside differences and work together to protect and preserve our planet. It's up to all of us to do our part to stop destroying and start restoring our beautiful world.
Where will you be on Saturday between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm?
Be part of the Biggest Hour for Earth - https://youtu.be/niZ54wV6QdE
Now more than ever, we need our increasingly divided world to unite to take urgent action for our one home. We need everyone and anyone to feel inspired and empowered to play a part, no matter how small. Most importantly, we must continue to shine a beacon of hope for a brighter future, harnessing and celebrating the power of the people. https://www.earthhour.org/