6 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED WITH EARTH HOUR

19 Mar 2021 | Student Life, Wellbeing

As we’ve entered a new decade, it has become increasingly difficult to ignore the climate crisis at hand. Restricted human movement has reduced carbon emissions, allowed wildlife to flourish and cleared waterways that were rank with pollution. Some environmental reform has occurred this year but it’s still not enough to secure our planet. That’s where Earth Hour comes in.

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is an annual event which brings the environment to the forefront of minds and conversations across the world.

The first Earth Hour was a “lights-out” event held in Sydney, Australia back in 2007 by WWF and partners. However, Earth Hour is now one of the largest environmental grassroots movements in the world. It engages millions of people, globally, by asking them to switch off their lights for an hour to show their support for the planet.

This year Earth hour falls on 27th March 2021 at 8:30.

What’s the focus this year?

This year world leaders will attend critical conferences and talks to set the environmental agenda for this decade and beyond. Significant decisions will be made, which will affect the fate of humanity and our planet.

Earth Hour 2021 hopes to be a spotlight which forces nature the forefront of international conversations so that action can happen before irreversible environmental damage takes place.

How can I join in?

Though we may not be able to hold physical events this year, there are still so many ways to get involved in Earth Hour. Here are just a few ideas from the Earth Hour website:

1. Switch off your lights

Join millions of people across the world and switch off your lights for one hour in solidarity. Get your family and friends to do the same to share awareness of the movement and Climate Change.

2. Take part in the Earth Hour “Virtual Spotlight”

Over the years, major landmarks and cities have “gone dark” to highlight the global crisis. Earth Hour want to have the same effect online this year. This can be done by viewing the “must-watch video” which will be released on the night of Earth Hour (March 27) and then sharing it far and wide.

3. Organise an event

Bring your community together online for Earth Hour and be an environmental champion! Some online event ideas include: “hosting a guided meditation or a guided workout in the dark” and “sharing tips with your friends about how to be more sustainable”. Check out the Earth Hour website for more ideas.

4. Learn more!

Before you educate others about Climate Change you have to educate yourself! Learn as much as you can about nature loss, biodiversity and the other threats to our planet.

5. Petition for change

Sign the “Voice for the Planet” petition on the Earth Hour website to show that you care about your and demand urgent political action from world leaders.

6. Share your story

Get involved with online communities and empower others by sharing your story. Post a photo of yourself and your story on your chosen platform with the hashtag #VoiceForNature – or add it to an existing photo.

Resources to make a difference

The WWF website is also filled with loads of fantastic resources to help you start making your change. Download the “My Footprint” App to track your carbon footprint, listen to the podcast “Call of the Wild” and get involved by fundraising for them! Learn more here.

We hope that you, your friends and your family all take part in Earth Hour this year (and every year to come)! If you want to stay up to date with everything you need (or want) to know about it, subscribe to the Earth Hour newsletter or check out their blog. Remember, lights out at 8:30 on 27 March!

By Ilona Cabral

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