'Earth Hour' is a charitable organisation, and runs the 'lights off' event which began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Since then it has grown in size and now incorporates 162 countries and territories worldwide. Earth Hour is now the world's largest public environmental action, encouraging people to take responsibility for caring for the world in which we live.
Earth Hour this year takes place tonight, 28th March, at 8.30pm. The project aims to create worldwide environmental and social impact. Earth hour isn't just for the hour; the idea of the 'lights out' event is to join hundreds of millions of people across the globe in switching off the lights for an hour but also to think more long-term about how they can help the environment.
Earth Hour is about making a commitment to ongoing change in reducing the impact we have on the environment. Some of the longer-term ways of doing this include:
- Turning off non-essential lights
- Installing energy saving lights and devices i.e. timers on lighting
- Switching your property's electricity to Gold Standard Green Power
- Making use of recycling
- Installing rainwater collecting tanks for watering gardens and lawns.
If you can, do get involved in turning out your lights for this hour, while remembering that fighting climate change and protecting the environment needs to be a daily thing, and turning off lights, recycling and other small steps can really make a difference. Find out more by watching the official video below.