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Earth Hour – Switch off the lights, to brighten our future

The world will be switching off lights to brighten the future by participating in the global event of Earth Hour. Hundreds of millions of people in countries across continents will show how much they care about the earth by switching their lights off at 8:30 pm on March 25 for an hour.

What is Earth Hour?

The Earth hour which began as a trial in 2007, when Sydney switched off its lights, in an attempt to put climate change in the spotlight, now has become a world’s largest mass movement for the environment, and is organised every year by the World Wildlife Fund, (WWF) a not-for-profit outfit.

The event encourages households and businesses to turn off their lights and electrical appliances for one hour at the given time to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change

This environmental event is now celebrated across all continents, and has helped to connect masses with those in corridors of power, thus taking climate action from conference rooms to living rooms.

When is the Earth Hour?

Millions of people in over 170 countries across the continents, on Saturday March 25, at 8.30 PM will switch off their lights for an hour to show their love and care for the planet.

Why Do People Turn the Lights Off?

This event is not about energy saving but about highlighting the environmental issues and inspiring people to live sustainably. It basically communicates that the actions people take after the hour can reduce the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants.

Earth Hour

Picture Credits: wwf.ca

Some Success Stories

Many success stories of this global event are worth mentioning. In Argentina, Earth Hour has helped mobilize public support for the creation of a 3.4 million hectare-wide marine protected area, while in Uganda, local communities and businesses have created the first Earth Hour forest.

In India, last year, Rajkot was crowned with National Earth Hour City, backed by its low carbon emission and community engagement. Similarly, Delhi also got a great achievement by saving 229 MW of power during Earth Hour, despite it coinciding with India-Pakistan Cricket Match.

Last year, Earth Hour rolled across the world from Samoa to Santiago. Millions came together to shine a light on the climate action our planet needs. The movement’s signature lights out event witnessed individuals, communities, organizations and over 400 world’s most iconic landmarks in an unprecedented 178 countries and territories switch off in solidarity with global efforts to change climate change.

Landmarks that are turning off their lights on 25 March

This year, many important landmarks and monuments of UK will be joining this event, which includes, the Buckingham Palace, the Gherkin, the London Eye, Big Ben, Harrods, Olympia London, the BT Tower, the OXO Tower and Canary Wharf (One Canada Square). The stadiums of football teams such as Liverpool, Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers will also be plunged into darkness. Also, number of UNESCO World Heritage sites are also going to take part in this global event.

Make the most of this

During this one hour, you can go out and connect with nature, meet friends or can have candle lit dinner

In fact, WWF has put together a list of 60 things one can do in the dark. Here are some of these –

  1. Tell scary stories with the lights out.
  2. Paint your face with your favorite animal – from a panda to a cheetah!
  3. Take a power nap or have an early night to wake up feeling refreshed.
  4. Play hide-and-seek in the dark.
  5. Go for a nature walk and see what night-time wildlife you can spot.
  6. Hold a candle lit dinner party with your friends.
  7. Make an Earth Hour resolution! Pledge one thing to live more sustainably.
  8. Play an instrument in the dark or get together with friends and have an acoustic jam – you can be the star of the show!
  9. Candle lit confessions! Want to tell all, well now is your chance – switch off the lights and confess your hidden secrets…

How is India prepared to join this global event?

India being the world’s 2nd largest economy, also a responsible state would be joining this global event to make it successful. In many cities, different programmes will take place to support the cause.

While Cochin will be hosting ‘Earth Hour Walkathon’ and musical events to encourage and aware people about caring the environment, in Amritsar, Punjab, all the environmental organization will be hosting full day ‘Flower-Baby Show’. This year in Nagpur, WWF-India is going to organize cycle rally ‘Cyclothon’ in Satpuda Maikal Landscape to celebrate the Earth hour and send the message to citizens of Nagpur about the importance of the Earth hour. Similarly, Goa would also be participating in this event by organizing ‘Earth Hour –Under Water Cleanup’ which focuses on bringing back trash from the sea and raise awareness about garbage control among tourist and locals.

Endnote- When countries are blaming each other for the climate change and there is no possible consensus to fight on this environmental issue, the Earth Hour is a good event in bringing all the nations together to join the fight in mitigating the deleterious effects of climate change.

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