Earth Hour 2012 – Go Beyond the Hour! by Abbie Barnes

Feb 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Youth Blog














For the last seven years the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) has held a global event on the last Saturday of March known as ‘Earth Hour’. This significant occasion began as a simple idea within a small community, but has now grown into a huge international project, during which over 1.8 billion people participate from more than 138 different countries across the globe.

WWF’s Earth Hour is a fantastic opportunity and a real eye opener to the simplicity of reducing our impact on the environment. We all know how essential a healthy planet is and this occasion highlights the catastrophic impact we are having on the earth – from deforestation to overpopulation – but also how everybody has the power to change. We depend on our planet for everything: the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we consume. How often do we forget how important it is that we look after the planet, and how our modernising lifestyles have been impacting upon our home? This expanding event is a challenge to come together and focus on the brilliant world we share, and more importantly, what we can do to help to save it.

Merely by switching off for one hour, Earth Hour provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to do their bit. It is simple; On March 23rd 2013 at 8:30pm, you just turn off your lights and anything consuming electricity for one short hour. Billions of people will be joining alongside you and countless iconic buildings such as Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House, Christ the Redeemer in Rio, and many others switch off their power for the hour. During this time, candles are lit, lanterns released and people do something a little bit different, like having a candlelit dinner, or going for moonlight walk, or simply relaxing and playing games with family. Sometimes carnivals and street dances are arranged, and community gatherings bring everyone together as a time for fun and joy during the time without power. The possibilities are endless – let your imagination run wild!

The purpose isn’t about saving money or electricity, but rather it is a time for us to realise that our actions have consequences, and to do something about it. It is a time for change and for people to come together and act. So, March 23rd at 8:30pm, are you going to switch off? Will you go beyond the hour?

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By Abbie Barnes, Volunteer Youth Blogger

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