Participate in Earth Hour March 25, 2017 - 8:30 p.m. local time
Sometimes it seems as if the entire world is in the dark about climate change and the impact we are making on the planet. But on March 25, those who are the most eco-aware will be in the dark. They will be part of the worldwide movement, which starts at 8:30 p.m. (your local time), to turn off their lights and join together in creating the vital conversation about the future of our precious planet. Earth Hour is a message of hope and a message of action. Everyone can make a difference.
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million individuals, businesses and governments turning their lights off for one whole hour. Only a year later and this event had become a global sustainability movement with up to 100 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome's Colosseum and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square, all stood in darkness as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour. Just like New Year's Eve, Earth Hour will travel from time zone to time zone starting at 8:30 p.m. in New Zealand.
By turning out your lights, you are sending a visual message to our elected officials that climate change is so important to us that they must make it a priority.
Earth Hour was created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise awareness about climate change. Moreover, the WWF hopes to create political momentum for enacting national climate legislation and a global climate treaty and to continue to educate and raise awareness about the climate crisis and offer ideas and solutions that people can merge into their daily lives.
While some may be concerned about "black out" conditions during this time, the WWF reassures people that "Earth Hour is a voluntary power down of non-essential, decorative lighting by its participants. Earth Hour turns off non-essential lighting only. Lights necessary for public safety will not go out."
Would you like to be a part of this historic event? Take action now or watch the video to learn more. And don't forget to tell your family and friends! Show the world that you're not afraid of the dark.