Join in with this worldwide movement and turn out the lights for Mother Nature.
On Saturday 28th of March at 20:30, the world will be turning off its lights in aid of the earth. As social distancing and self-isolation are meaning that we are limited in our ways to come together for environmental causes, Earth Hour is a fantastic opportunity to make a global statement - that doesn’t require leaving the house!
While the current climate crisis has become a major talking point across the world, there is still a lot of room for improvement when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint.
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement that was started by WWF in 2007. It has since engaged the interest of millions across more than 180 countries. The premise of Earth Hour is to turn off all unnecessary lights for an hour, for two overarching reasons. First, to reduce the amount of electricity being used across the globe, therefore reducing emissions. And the second reason is to shift our focus to nature.
As well as the obvious impact of electricity use, another prominent consequence of unnecessary or overuse of light is what is called “light pollution”.
Light pollution occurs when there is a presence of excess light, resulting in a hazy glow in the sky. This can have detrimental effects such as interference with our melatonin levels and disrupting our sleeping patterns. Although, one of the most obvious effects is the reduced visibility of the night sky. Due to light pollution, particularly in built up areas such as large towns and cities, it becomes very difficult (or impossible) to see the marvellous night sky, meaning that thousands are missing out on this starry sight each night.
So, Earth Hour presents the perfect opportunity to put the sky in the spotlight and turn off to revel in the vastness of the sky above us.
This event is a very fun and easy way to get involved in environmental matters, particularly to help teach youngsters about the importance of doing our bit to reduce emissions and waste to take care of our beautiful home, Planet Earth.
So, get involved and switch off for Mother Nature!