Earth Hour: One Hour For The Planet Initiated By Wwf.
Are you ready for the next Earth Hour? This hour for the planet is held every year on the last Saturday of March. The goal of this global mobilization is to raise public awareness about energy conservation and much more. Explanations.
What is Earth Hour?
"Earth Hour" literally means "the hour of the Earth", but this expression is most often translated as "One Hour for the Planet". This annual event constitutes the largest citizen mobilization in favor of environmental preservation.
Originally, this mobilization consisted of "turning off lights and unplugging non-essential electrical devices for one hour" to save electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Today, many famous monuments such as the pyramids of Egypt or the Eiffel Tower continue to turn off their lights, but actions in favor of the planet are no longer limited to that.
Who created Earth Hour?
The idea behind this global mobilization originated in Australia. In 2006, the city of Sydney was looking for ideas to raise awareness among Australians about the issue of climate change... They then came up with the idea of a giant switch and an operation initially called The Big Flick.
The first Earth Hour took place on March 31, 2007, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Sydney. On October 20 of the same year, the city of San Francisco was inspired to launch its own event called Lights Out.
The following year, on Saturday, March 29, 2008, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., this mobilization took on a global dimension with the participation of 35 countries from New Zealand to the city of San Francisco in the United States.
When is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour takes place every year during the last weekend of March.
This year, this hour for the planet will take place on Saturday, March 25th, 2023 from 8:30 pm.
If you're wondering why the Eiffel Tower is turned off that night, know that it's primarily for symbolism! Thousands of iconic monuments around the world are plunged into darkness to raise awareness among citizens about energy efficiency.
How to participate in Earth Hour?
To participate in this global mobilization for the environment, you can start by turning off the lights at home at the designated time.
Bring out some candles for a candlelit dinner or go for a walk in a park to admire the stars: if many people join in, light pollution should be reduced on this Saturday night!
Over the years, the number of participating cities has continued to grow all over the world. At the same time, the mobilization for the environment has taken other forms than simply turning off the lights.
On the last Saturday of March, each of us is invited to give an hour of our time to do something positive for the planet. If you're lacking ideas, visit the WWF website (link below).
The World Wildlife Fund provides plenty of ideas for daily action, such as:
• adopting a flexitarian diet and eating less meat
• hunting down devices on standby to reduce electricity consumption
• buying bulk products to reduce waste
• leaving your car in the garage and finding alternative ways to travel whenever possible
• installing water savers (such as aerators on faucets) to preserve this precious resource, especially in the current context of drought in France.