Earth Hour is more than just an event, it's a time when people come together about environmental issues and solve them! That's why we figured you might find it handy to find out a few more things about it!
Organised by the WWF, Earth Hour was created as a grassroots movement as a simple collective action to unite people to act on environmental issues and to protect the planet. Started as a lights out event in Sydney in 2007 (where more than 2.2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses turned off their lights in support), the event has grown massively, engaging millions of supporters in more than 185 countries around the world. With the meteoric rise of Earth Hour comes the proof that there is a power with a crowd when we want to enact change.
While Earth Hour itself is only an hour, the movement that Earth Hour represents is much more than that. It represents our universal defiance against climate change as well as a moment where we can reassess the climate challenges of the time so as to spark fresh conversations about protecting nature and the environment.
Earth Hour has managed to achieve a lot over its history, here’s just a few:
- Earth Hour led to the development of WWF Uganda’s first Earth Hour Forest to help combat the 6,000 hectares of deforestation that occurs in Uganda each month.
- Argentina used its 2013 Earth Hour campaign to help ass a senate bill for 3.4 million hectares of Marine Protected Area in the country.
- More than 2,000 successful mitigation actions that were submitted by Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 in participating cities around the world.
Just a few amazing examples of how Earth Hour has brought people together to fight our environmental issues together!