Join the rest of the world and turn off your lights and all electronic devices for one single hour:
20:30 - 21:30
Earth Hour was celebrated for the first time in 2007 by 2.2 million people in Sydney, Australia. Since then, the event has grown to become the world’s largest environmental movement, empowering millions of people to take action in the face of the climate change.
By switching off the lighting in homes, businesses, and public buildings for one hour, we raise awareness of energy issues, emissions, the long-term consequences of excessive power consumption and climate change. But, we must not let this event to remain just a symbolical act without meaning, an act that creates a feel-good environmentalism.
Although switching of bulbs for an hour has a positive impact on the economy and the environment, we should not forget that electric lighting accounts for only a small part of the grid demand and that the real culprits of energy consumption (apart from industry) are heating, air conditioning, and electrical devices.
There are many ways to save energy beyond the Earth Hour. Turn off the TV, wash the laundry on the day when the washing machine is not half empty, avoid using the stove to repeatedly boil water for a single cup of tea, and disconnect unused electrical equipment or computers to prevent the leakage of energy.
Do not just turn this day into a feel-good event, an occasion for another celebration, or a fashionable trend. Use it to shift your habits, create awareness, and become a proponent of the Earth.
Celebrate our unity with the Earth!