On Saturday, March 30 at 8:30pm, millions of people around the world will feel a strong sense of community as they turn off their lights for one hour to demonstrate their dedication to protecting nature.
Earth Hour, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, is about more than just a flick of the switch. This symbolic gesture is about taking a stand for wildlife and wild places. It’s showing strong support for clean and healthy rivers and oceans. And it’s about saving our forests while ensuring the food we produce is done in a way that will help feed our planet for years to come.
Each year, this movement sweeps across the globe dimming skylines from Sydney to San Francisco while providing a stunning visual backdrop to the crucial call to action for our planet. Making Earth Hour their own, individuals participate at home with friends and family, landmarks from Niagara Falls to the Space Needle in Seattle go dark, and cities across the world engage their citizens in events, conversations and actions.
After the hour, when the lights come back on, this global celebration reminds us that together we can tackle these complex global problems, and helps rally individuals, policymakers and businesses to address one of our greatest risks to nature – climate change.
In 2018, WWF’s Living Planet Report found that populations of mammals, birds and fish had on average, declined by 60% since 1970. More evidence that our human footprint is not only destroying habitats, it’s driving global warming. But it’s not all bad news, we can still avoid the increasingly dire impacts of climate change by limiting warming to 1.5 degrees.
To get there, we need action and we need it now. Earth Hour is an opportunity to build a movement that cascades beyond our own backyards and unites our global community to scale up solutions to address climate change. The interconnectedness of the movement needs to be bigger than just the individual, it must capture the hearts, minds, and ambition of cities, countries and businesses alike so we can move beyond commitment and begin to see tangible actions and concrete results for people and nature.
This Earth Hour, it’s time to take a stand. The future of our planet is hopeful, if we start to invest in the future today. It’s up to all of us to do our part.
Learn more and get involved at www.worldwildlife.org/earthhour or join the conversation on social media using #EarthHour.