What is Earth Hour, when does it happen, and why should you participate? If you're looking for answers to these questions, you've come to the right place! Once a year, people around the world turn off the lights for an hour to raise awareness for environmental and climate protection.
In this article, I would like to give you a brief overview of the most important facts about Earth Hour - from its significance, to the idea and this year's date, to tips for taking part. Let's go!
Here you can find a short overview in advance:
Meaning: What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is the largest global climate and environmental protection campaign. At the same time all participating people switch off private and public lighting for one hour. Above all, to send a signal for more decisive climate protection measures and the Energy Saving to set.
It was launched in 2007 by the nature and environmental protection organization WWF Australia to drastically reduce the city of Sydney's CO2 emissions. In a very short time, the one-hour peaceful protest action but has already developed into a global event for the protection of our planet.
Advantages: What's the point of turning off the lights for an hour?
What's the point of turning off the lights at home, at famous landmarks, or in public buildings for one hour on a single day each year?
It's a nice side benefit that at Earth Hour. at least some energy saved and the Light pollution counteracted will.
But primarily, of course, the action has a symbolic character. Whoever participates in the "Earth Hour" makes it clear that she or he, in addition to his or her own, sustainable lifestyle, also expects greater commitment from politics and business to environmental and climate protection so that future generations can also live on the earth.
For example enhanced measures for climate-friendly mobility, the establishment of a climate money disbursement mechanism for all citizens, the transformation of the building sector and the faster expansion of renewable energies.
Good to know: There is no classic overview of the pros and cons of Earth Hour. Quite simply, because the peaceful protest action brings neither for participants nor for all others any disadvantages. Quite the opposite.
Date: When will Earth Hour 2023 take place?
The date for the worldwide protest action is always in March of the respective year. Under the motto "Together for more climate protection", Earth Hour 2023 will take place on March 25, 2023 at 8:30 p.m. Central European Time takes place. So, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, as many private and public lights as possible will be turned off.
Participation: How can you participate in Earth Hour?
Every one of us can participate in Earth Hour! If you also demand greater ambition and more effective climate protection measures from politics and business, then you should first of all register here at WWF as a participantso that your personal protest action is counted.
In addition to your registration you can of course participate in the light-off action. Just turn off the lights in your four walls at the time of Earth Hour. And For example, share a picture of a burning candle on social media, to generate awareness for your participation in Earth Hour.
Here are still more ideas for Earth Hour activities:
- Organize a candlelight dinner
- Hear a Podcast about sustainability
- Relax for an hour and really switch off
Have more tips and ideas for Earth Day participation? Then I look forward to your suggestions in the comments!
Frequently asked questions about Earth Hour
How long does Earth Hour last?
During Earth Hour exactly for one hour the private and public lighting switched off.
How much electricity is saved during Earth Hour?
It is estimated that around 2.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity could be saved in Germany if all German households took part. But the annual, one-hour protest action is rather symbolic nature and is intended above all to call on politicians and industry to take action.
How can you participate in Earth Hour?
Anyone can come to the respective date turn off the lights for an hour and provide darknessto participate. Furthermore, there are no limits to creativity to generate attention for the peaceful protest action for climate and environmental protection.
Earth Hour 2023 - Just join in and make a statement!
By participating in Earth Hour, you are, among other things, standing up for the fact that the Expansion of renewable energy sources and the phase-out of fossil fuels more consistently and faster is done. Set a sign for our planet and against the Climate changeThe light is switched off for one hour at the specified time.
Finally, I would like to give you here some further blog articles to heart, that your Making everyday life more climate-friendly can:
- Climate budget - What is meant by it?
- Extreme weather and natural disasters as a result of climate change
- Why live vegan? 10 logical reasons
- Earth Overshoot Day - What is Earth Overshoot Day?
I really hope that this post has helped you understand the importance of Earth Hour. Do you have any questions or further suggestions and tips? Then I look forward to your comments!
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