What is Earth Hour?
- It’s a global event that takes place every year – the world’s largest movement highlighting the reality of climate change and everyone’s part in it. We are empowering people to be part of the solution.
- Organised by WWF, it started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 (to show need for action on climate change)
- Each year, millions of people around the world switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the future of our planet.
- In 2017 a record 187 countries took part.
- Switch off any non-essential lighting for one hour at 8.30pm – 9.30pm on Saturday 24 March. You don’t have to switch everything off. It’s not about energy saving – it’s about a symbolic action – so if you cannot turn off ALL lights it’s not a problem and if your lights will already be off, that’s great.
As well as switching lights off, this year, we’re also encouraging people and businesses, to make an Earth Hour Promise in the lead up to Earth Hour.
- We want people and businesses to choose something that they can change and make a promise for the planet – this might be switching to a green energy supplier, using reusable coffee cups rather than disposable ones, or even saying no to plastic cutlery from their regular lunch spot.
- They form the key call to action of our campaign, and will be visible across our media channels, outdoor advertising and marketing materials and are a great opportunity for promoting environmentally friendly practices, that are achievable in everyday life.
- Take a photo of your activities and share with a message of #PromiseForThePlanet with how to support you and take climate action
- Host an Earth Hour event during the hour to help bring the community together/ inspire others. Deirdre Lane (Earth Hours Ireland Ambassador) is organising a Candlelit Tales Story Telling in the Town Hall in Newbridge http://candlelittales.ie/
- Deirdre is looking for sponsorship for this event. Anyone interested should contact her on 0858400920.