Earth Hour

Each of us has a responsibility towards the planet Earth. All we need is our good will and raising the awareness to preserve our planet. Earth Hour is the biggest global ecological campaign, whose aim is send a strong message to save our planet by switching off the lights for one hour. Earth Hour begun in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when the World Wide Life Fund encouraged 2,2 million people to turn off their lights and support the action for climate change. World attractions like the Eifel Tower, Big Ben, the Opera House in Sydney, Buckingham Palace, the Colosseum and Edinburgh Castle also went dark for one hour.

In 2019, there were big events in the open, in which over 180 countries took part. This year, the event was held on 28th March (Saturday) at 20:30 local time, when 8000 cities in 162 countries all over the world went dark including parts of N.Macedonia. Because of the global pandemic with the Covid-19 virus The World Wild Life Fund advised all countries to take part in the event virtually. A large number of celebrities supported the online action in order to raise awareness about the problems our planet is facing. South Africa started their digital campaign “Power to the People” for renewal of energy sources. Australia took part in the event by organizing #EarthHourLive with music acts, comedians and experts. Singapore organized  Earth Hours 2020 – Live &Unplugged, with three hour live-streaming performances of famous entertainers and expert talks. Turkey also was the host of a digital campaign and many other countries were encouraged to send photos and videos of how important is to protect the environment.    

The aim of Earth Hour is not only to turn off the lights for one hour during the event, but also to make people think beyond the hour, by supporting local projects and campaigns in their own countries or to start movements in their local community. In the last 10 years, people from all over the worlds have come together for Earth Hour in order to put efforts to deal with the climate changes. Today Earth Hour has encouraged global talks and discussions about protection of the environment, not only because this is the best way to deal with the climate crisis, but also because it is the only way to ensure our health, happiness, prosperity and survival.

Here are some things Earth Hour has achieved since the beginning of the movement:

WWF in Uganda created 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 hectares Marine Protected Area in the country

Thousands of wood-saving stoves were distributed to families in Madagascar

Solar-powered lights were installed in villages without electricity in India

Education programs for schools were launched in Thailand and Taiwan

Hundreds of thousands of LED lights were installed by girl scouts in the USA

On the following link, you can find more information on how you can do more than just turn off you lights during Earth Hour and take part in this global action.  

Author: T. Gjorgjieva (7-1 grade)

Photos: internet

The original article is published in the school online digital newspaper  L.A. IN-formator.

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