Earth Hour is looking to promote sustainability and those who participate need to turn off the lights for an hour.
This year, Earth Hours will begin Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m. and will last until 9:30 p.m.
More than 2 million people around the world will participate and more than 2,000 businesses and companies from 7,000 cities will turn off the lights to help the Planet recover.
In 2014, approximately 162 countries were involved in Earth Hour.
According to those who initiated the Earth Hour project, turning off the lights for an hour could be perceived as a simple, insignificant act, but if this is being done my millions at the same time, it could have great impact and could reduce the electric use significantly.
Earth Hour first started in Sydney, Australia in 2007. It was initially a small event, but it was quickly registered by an organization from Singapore.
This helped the project become a worldwide environmental movement under the supervision of World Wildlife Fund.
The reason behind Earth Hours was to help reduce carbon emission by turning off the lights, reducing the electric load.
As time went by, the project started to support other environmental campaigns, including the ones that are responsible with the protection of the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
In 2014, Earth Hour was aimed at addressing another major environmental issue, that of air and smog pollution in China.
The Earth Hour project collaborated with the Hollywood blockbuster movie Amazing Spider-Man 2 in order to help protect he panda bears from China. The charitable event is said to have raised approximately $42,000.
In 2013, when Toronto, Canada took part in the Earth Hour, by turning off the lights for one hour, it helped reduce 205 megawatts of electric consumption, which meant that the usual electrical usage in Toronto was cut down by 7%.
The World Wildlife Fund said that more than 9 million people turned off their lights for an hour on Earth Hour last year.
More than 85% of them said that they wanted to do more to help protect the environment, not just turn off the lights.
Sarah Olexsak, who wrote a study on the impact Earth Hour can have on the environment, said that:
“Evidence shows that extensive behavior change requires a first step.”
Olexsak explained that people like to be consistent when it comes to their behavior and self-image. That’s why by making the first step in being part of projects like Earth Hour, these people prove that they care about energy saving and some of them may carry out in other aspects of their lives.
Landmarks such as Seattle Space Needle and the Eiffel Tower in Paris will participate to the event and will keep all their lights off for an hour on Saturday for Earth Hour 2015.
More than 170 countries, approximately 1,200 landmarks from all over the world and at least 40 UNESCO world heritage sites have confirmed their participation to this year’s Earth Hour.
The landmarks include the statue of Christ the Redeemer from Rio Janeiro, Edinburgh Castle, Acropolis in Athens, New York’s Times Square, Big Ben, Ecuador’s Quito historical centre and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
This year’s Earth Hour event takes place months before the UN states will sign a pact in Paris that will limit galloping climate change and global warming.
Since its first edition in 2007, Earth Hour has been celebrated with big festive events.
This year, it’s been said that Earth Hour will be celebrated with a glow-in-the-dark Zumba party that will be held in the Philippines.
Finland will hold the largest coordinated candlelit dinner in the world and London restaurants will also serve dinners by candlelight.
Another massive festive event will take place in Paris, when hundreds will dance on a power-generating special dancefloor to light up the Eiffel Tower after having its lights turned off for 1 hour.
The Earth Hour event organizers made public a list of ideas to help participants spend their hour without electricity.
The list includes ideas like having a picnic by starlight, having a barbecue instead of cooking using the stove or having a candlelit street party.
“Use your power to change climate change”
is this year’s Earth Hour message.
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