Saturday, March 28, 2020, 8:30 PM Your Local Time!
Though we can’t connect in person this year, we can connect through participation.
Over the last several years, Earth Hour has become a global event that engages the public by offering an easy means of participation, while paving the way for activism and change. For many, it has become an inspiration for a special evening or to attend one of the many public events. This year, it is going digital.
Whatever your personal connection and action, the simple idea of turning the lights off for an hour en masse has had some wonderful results. This year, let’s reconnect with why to participate and share creative ways to participate at home.
How Did it Start?
This annual event was started by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007 as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney. Thirteen years later, its success at getting mass participation and driving action is remarkable.
“Earth Hour is now one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories. It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people.”
Earth hour has created events all over the world and connected everyday people with positive change. It has evolved from drawing attention to climate change, to being a voice and hub of conversation and action to fight the climate crisis.
“But it is so much more than that. It is a symbol of unity. It is a symbol of hope. It is a symbol of power in collective action for nature.”
How Can You Get Involved?
The evening of… The simplest thing you can do, wherever you are, is plan to switch off for an hour. Having candles at the ready and maybe a game to play is ideal, but it doesn’t have to be fancy. Earth Hour will have The focus is on turning the lights off, but why not turn everything off? It can be a fun evening while being mindful of the purpose.
Earth hour is all about uniting people! This year, you will have to find creative ways to do that. You could organize something with neighbours like being out in backyards or on balconies (if you can while still maintaining 2m distance) to enjoy stargazing. Share your plans, photos and stories with others. Learn how you can join a virtual event with Earthhour.org – watch for updates.
Beyond March 28… There are several important things you can do beyond the one hour of lights-off on March 28th: sign the Voice For the Planet Pledge, learn more about the issues and how to start to make planet-positive changes in your own life. More ideas.
We would love for you to reach out and connect with us. Share your Earth Hour participation at @720access #earthhour. Show us your plans, photos and stories. Tell us what actions you were inspired to take and how this event helped connect you to others this year.