Earth Hour is a global day dedicated to preserving our planet. It is celebrated annually on the last Saturday in March. As a result of human activity, many species of animals and plants have been irrevocably lost, the ecology continues to suffer, and the climate continues to change. It is designed to draw people’s attention to existing problems in society. Doing a good deed for the globe is easy: just turn off the lights and any electrical appliances for an hour.
The story of Earth Hour begins in 2004, when the Australian World Wide Fund for Nature (W.W.F.) made a proposal to create it. A large-scale advertising campaign was launched to attract people to the problem of climate change on Earth. However, the tradition of turning off the power came later – only in 2006. A year later it was held in Sydney.
Already in 2008, this day began to be celebrated around the world. One time was chosen: from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time. On this day it is required to de-energize their homes. Even the Google page went to a dark theme! Such simple actions were effective: energy consumption was significantly reduced, negative radio wave radiation was reduced, andCO2 levels in the air were reduced.
- Thirty-five countries and several hundred cities participated in the first global action.
- Nuclear power generation emits half as much carbon dioxide as solar or geothermal power.
- Reducing energy consumption reduces the amount of natural resources needed to produce electricity.
How to celebrate
The best way to celebrate is to support the idea of an hour-long electric power outage. Learn about current environmental issues, what protections are in place? Do your part now: reduce water consumption (use less pressure, fix leaks in time), put garbage in containers, etc.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they participate in the one-hour blackout.
When is Earth Hour celebrated in 2024?
Earth Hour is observed annually on the last Saturday of March.