Earth Hour is an annual environmental campaign that brings attention to the effects of climate change, set to unite millions of people around the world to show their commitment to the planet. The dual challenge of climate change and plummeting, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment aims to mobilize individuals businesses and governments to be a part of the conversation and solutions needed to build a healthy sustainable future and planet for all.
Millions of people turn off their lights for Earth Hour at 8.30pm (20:30) in their local times on the last Saturday of March. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas have stood in darkness during previous Earth Hours. Some people enjoy Earth Hour with a candle-lit dinner or a candle-lit bath, while others host large events or parties, either in darkness or with candles, to celebrate Earth Hour.
Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. This event saw 2.2 million homes and businesses turn their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change that year. Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating in 2008. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the CN Tower in Toronto, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness for Earth Hour. In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour.
World Wildlife Fund, which organizes the annual Earth Hour event, aims to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment. It also focuses on building a future where people live in harmony with nature. The organization functions through a network of more than 90 offices in more than 40 countries worldwide. Its first office was founded in Morges, Switzerland, on September 11, 1961.
The goal of Earth Hour, a World Wildlife Fund initiative, is to get as many individuals and businesses as possible to turn off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. One way to slow the current rate of global warming is to get individuals to make small adjustments to the amount of power they consume each and every day.
We at World Assembly of Youth supports the Earth Hour as it is about giving people a voice on the planet’s future and working together to create a sustainable low carbon future for planet earth.
Together we can make a difference during Earth Hour!