What is Earth Hour?

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This year, take part in Earth Hour with WePlanet! Join us on the 26 of March 2022, at 8:30 pm. We are celebrating in collaboration with the National Development Foundation of Dominica to raise awareness on how our small actions affect our environment. Let us all switch off our lights and stand united for each other and the one home we all share!  

Earth Hour began in 2007 by WWF; the World Wide Fund for Nature and partners to raise awareness of climate change through a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney. Today, Earth Hour is the largest grassroots movement for the environment in the entire world. Earth Hour is a catalyst for positive environmental impact and a driving major for legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people and collective action. Earth Hour aims to increase awareness and spark global conversations concerning protecting nature, tackling the climate crisis and collaborating to shape a brighter future for us all. WePlanet encourages everyone to take part in Earth Hour and help to ensure that a brighter future is created for the planet and the people.  

Over the years, Earth Hour has had major milestones and wins. Here are a few:

  • In 2008, 50 million people in 35 countries took part in the second Earth Hour, where two major landmarks; the Colosseum and The Golden Gate Bridge, went dark.  

  • In 2010, Earth Hour became a global focal point for calls for a sustainable future, three months after the UN’s COP15 Climate Conference which was seen as a setback to international climate efforts

  • In 2012, as part of the “I Will if You Will” campaign, a petition generated 122,000 signatures resulting in Russia passing a law to better protect the country's seas from oil pollution. This marked the first people-powered law to be ignited by Earth Hour.  

  • In 2014, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Galápagos Islands became the first province in Ecuador to ban plastic bags and other disposable packaging.

  • In 2016, 50 000 citizens in Spain urged the government to phase out fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy to uphold the climate commitments under the Paris Agreement. 

  • In 2018, in French Polynesia, Earth Hour inspired public pressure to lead to 5 million sq km of the Exclusive Economic Zone in the South Pacific being classified as a Managed Marine Area which helped preserve vital marine ecosystems for present and future generations. 

  • In 2021, the first-ever Earth Hour Virtual Spotlight highlighted the connection between nature loss, climate change and the rise of pandemics. This was shared over 24,000 times with the participation of 192 countries

Visit https://www.earthhour.org/ to learn more!