Switch on to switching off – Earth Hour

In 2009 hundreds of millions of people around the world showed their support by turning off their lights for one hour.

Earth Hour 2010 will continue to be a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future.

What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is a global campaign to showcase what can and is being done all over the world to combat climate change. Earth Hour is a worldwide initiative showing how individuals, communities, businesses and governments can address the threat of global warming if we resolve to work on it together. Earth Hour unites communities, ushering in a new era of environmental consciousness by encouraging personal accountability and behavioural change to facilitate a low-carbon lifestyle. The highlight of the Earth Hour campaign will see the world’s most iconic landmarks go dark for one designated hour, as people across the globe of different races, religions, cultures and socio-demographic turn off their lights, united in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

When does Earth Hour take place?
Earth Hour 2010 will be held on Saturday March 27 between 8.30PM and 9.30PM in your local time zone.

What does Earth Hour ask people to do?
Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and governments to show leadership on climate change through their actions, to use Earth Hour as a platform to showcase to the world what measures they are taking to reduce their carbon footprint. Earth Hour asks everyone to take personal accountability for their climate impact and make behavioural changes to facilitate a low-carbon lifestyle. Taking the first step is as easy as turning off your lights. By switching off your lights for Earth Hour you are making a statement on the indiscriminate threat of global warming and a commitment to a low-carbon lifestyle.

How long has Earth Hour been going for?
Earth Hour began in one city in 2007 when more than two million individuals and two thousand businesses in Sydney, Australia turned off their lights for one hour on Saturday 31 March 2007. In 2008, Earth Hour reached 370 cities and towns in more than 35 countries across 18 time zones, as the campaign shifted from a one-city event to a global action. 50 million people around the world switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2008. Global landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Rome’s Coliseum, Sydney Opera House, Coke billboard in Times Square and the Burj al Arab in Dubai darkened for one hour. Earth Hour 2009 created history as the greatest voluntary action ever witnessed, representing the first ever global vote. Registrations, polling and energy reduction levels indicate that hundreds of millions of people voted Earth over Global Warming with their light switch in 4159 cities, towns and municipalities across 88 countries, including 73 national capitals and 9 of the world’s 10 most populated cities. Global landmarks that switched off in support included The Sphinx and Pyramids at Giza, Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Acropolis in Athens.


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