Earth Hour March 23rd , 20:30

WRITTEN BY Damian Dalton

March 23, 2024

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Earth Hour March 23rd , 20:30

Damian Dalton

23 Mar, 2024

Could an hour change the world? Earth Hour is your time to switch off and dedicate an hour to help bring our world back to life. You can do this any way you like, by spending 60 minutes doing something – anything – positive for our planet.

Every year in March, millions of people across the globe unite to show that they care about the future of our planet, by switching off for one hour. This year’s Earth hour is March 23, 20:30 to 21:30 local time across the globe.

It all started back in 2007, on 31 March 2007, more than 2.2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses in Sydney, Australia switched off their lights for one hour, which marked the beginning of the Earth Hour movement.

WWF’s Earth Hour is one of the world’s largest grassroots environmental    movements. It brings the world together, shines a spotlight on the climate and nature crisis, and inspires people to act and advocate for urgent change.

For ideas and inspiration on how you make a significant impact the WWF website has extensive list of suggestions https://www.wwf.org.uk/earth-hour .

Earth Hour Success Stories

2013

WWF-Uganda secured 2,700 hectares of land to establish the first-ever Earth Hour forest. Earth Hour also helped lead to the creation of Argentina’s largest marine protected area, the 3.4 million hectare Banco Namuncurá (Burdwood Bank), tripling the area of protected waters in the country.

2014

Following a successful Earth Hour campaign, the Galápagos Islands – a UNESCO World Heritage site – became the first province in Ecuador to ban plastic bags and other disposable packaging.

2018

In French Polynesia, Earth Hour helped inspire public pressure that led to 5 million sq km of its Exclusive Economic Zone in the South Pacific being classified as a Managed Marine Area – helping preserve vital marine ecosystems for present and future generations.

2022

Amid the challenges happening around the world this year – from the ongoing pandemic to wars, floods and social unrest, Earth Hour was an opportunity for people to unite and show solidarity for people and the planet. Over 190 countries and territories took part, culminating in a record-breaking 10.1+ billion social media impressions and over 26,000 media headlines for Earth Hour globally.

For more information go to the official Earth Hour website https://www.earthhour.org/

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