Today’s Earth Hour: What it means and why it matters


    As the world stands at a climate crossroads, it is powerful yet humbling to think that our actions today will decide what tomorrow will look like for generations to come. This simply reasoning explains the idea behind what is known as Earth hour.

    Earth hour as a movement was first organized in Sydney, Australia by WWF and volunteer organizations worldwide in 2007 to encourage the simple action of switching off lights at home and business for 60 minutes to celebrate climate change solutions.

    The idea really picked up and people from all over began participating in this global environment campaign that brings attention to the effects of climate change.

    This year’s Earth hour will happen today, Saturday the 19th.

    Thousands of hubs across the globe are expected to join the one-hour switch-off across various time zones.

    Over the years, it has evolved into a modern and open-sourced environmental campaign mobilising millions of people in over 7000 cities and 162 countries.

    In Nigeria, earth hour will hold from 8:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m and environmentalists are going all out with the celebration by organizing a free 1 hour session  of Ignite Talks, Dance, Drama, Mob Flash Lights on Environment across states:

    In Abuja, on 10th Street (By Bassan Plaza) , Central Area District.
    In Lagos, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation; Lekki.
    In Port Harcourt, the Le Meridien Ogeyi, G.R.A.
    In Taraba, the University of Kwararafa, Wukari.
    In Benue, Puline Makka Women Development Center, Makurdi.
    To register simply visit:

    Earth Hour 2016 emphasizes concrete actions on renewable energy and energy-efficiency. It also highlights climate-centric education and legislation.