Every year, millions of people around the world join Earth Hour, a worldwide WWF’s movement to protect the planet and support the sensitive theme of climate change.
The event, annually held towards the end of March, began in Sydney in 2007, and since then the number of countries that have taken part has grown reaching last year 172 countries and territories, engaging more than 7001 cities and towns across all 7 continents; and the number is increasing every year.
But this year WWF affirm that something seems to be different, as in December, leaders from 196 nations heeded the world’s collective call to act together with urgency to address climate change, emphasising a problem neglected for too long.
“We have reached a turning point, but we still need your support to secure a low-carbon world. We know that it will take collective action from everyone – governments, communities and individuals – to turn the tide and stop the worst effects of a warming world.” is written on WWF’s website.
Obviously, the aim of Earth Hour is not about how much energy is saved during that hour. The initiative is more a commitment to change beyond the hour, a chance to put a highlight on the climate change the planet is facing and to inspire people all around the globe to live a more sustainable life, encouraging an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world.
So today, join the world in turning off all non-essential light from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time. Everything starts from little steps; together we can create a better future.