Today at 20:30 local time, hundreds of millions around the world will turn off the lights for to give the planet a rest from burning fossil fuels and demonstrate their desire to “change climate change,” which is the theme for this year.
This is the 10th year for this WWF initiative to motivate climate change action.
This year, WWF Earth Hour organizers believe their campaign has helped persuade people to cool their demand for electricity generated by fossil fuels after 195 nations agreed in December to limit their greenhouse gas emissions under the UN’s Paris Climate Agreement.
On Saturday night, more than 350 of the world’s most iconic landmarks will be turning out the lights, including: the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the Empire State Building and many Broadway theatres in New York City, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the Space Needle in Seattle, and dozens of the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip and in other cities across the United States.
Earth Hour is not just for individuals – it’s for cities, too. WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge is mobilizing action and support from cities everywhere in the global move to a climate-friendly future.
One city will be crowned as the 2016 global Earth Hour Capital, selected by an international jury of experts from among 124 participating cities across 21 countries.
During its 10-year history Earth Hour has inspired many actions around the world that last “not for just an hour, not for just a day, not for just a year, but always,” in the words of songwriter Irving Berlin.
* – Wales, UK, passed a sustainable development bill into law this week, after citizens lobbied the Assembly for the past three years using Earth Hour among other platforms.
* – WWF Uganda started the world’s first Earth Hour Forest
* – More than 250,000 Russians voiced support for better protection of their country’s seas and forests
* – Argentina used its 2013 Earth Hour campaign to help pass a Senate bill for a 3.4 million hectare Marine Protected Area in the country
* – Thousands of wood-saving stoves were distributed to families in Madagascar
* – Solar-powered lights were installed in three villages without electricity in India
* – In Paraguay, WWF used the Earth Hour platform to build public support to gain an extension of the logging moratorium, helping to reduce deforestation
* – Education programs for schools were launched in Thailand and Taiwan
* – Hundreds of thousands of LED lights were installed by Girl Scouts in the United States
* – More than 2,123 mitigation actions were submitted by Earth Hour City Challenge 2014 participating cities
Source: Environment News Service