Within hours, people in a record 134 countries across the globe will switch off their lights for an hour in a unified show of support for action towards a sustainable future for our planet.
Hundreds of landmarks in thousands of cities will go dark at 8:30 pm as hundreds of millions of people take part in the world’s largest voluntary action for the environment.
“As we head into the fifth Earth Hour, with a record number of countries and territories taking part, it is inspiring to see what we can achieve when we come together for a common purpose,” said Andy Ridley, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Earth Hour. “Imagine what we can achieve if we go beyond the hour.”
The event will traverse the globe over 24 hours, from the first lights being dimmed across Fiji and New Zealand to lights being turned on again in Samoa. The transition will last longest in Russia, where 11 time zones are covered.
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.
Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is supporting Earth Hour and made the following statement:
Earth Hour is an opportunity for us to act together, to send a powerful message on climate change. Enough is enough! Let us stop the destruction!
Earth Hour is calling on all of us to “go beyond the hour” and commit to an on-going act to benefit the environment. Each little bit counts. It could be as simple as wearing an extra jersey in winter, rather than switching on a heater. Or boiling just enough water for that cup of hot chocolate, instead of a full kettle. Or planting a tree.
I encourage you all, wherever you are and whatever your means: Switch off your lights and switch on to the meaning of Earth Hour. Join this global call by the people, for the planet.
God bless you.”