Started by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour is a worldwide one-hour event that occurs every year near the end of March and helps unite people in their effort to save the planet. During Earth Hour, participants are encouraged to turn off their lights and all non-essential electric components. However, the WWF not only wants to encourage people to use less electricity for that one hour but wants it to remind people to do all kinds of Earth-friendly practices, all year round, such as organizing recycling events or installing energy efficient appliances in their home.
History of Earth Hour
Originally started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, Earth Day is a movement that has spread to over 7,000 towns and has engaged millions upon millions of supporters. In 2013, Argentina used Earth Hour to get a bill passed in their Senate that would protect over 3 million hectares of marine area. On Sunday, March 29, 2015, 172 countries participated in the event and switched off the light on over 10,000 of the most iconic landmarks for one hour. That year also saw almost 50,000 different celebrations all over the world – all bringing attention to climate change and the need for energy reforms.
Earth Hour Customs & Traditions
On Earth Hour, everyone who is participating turns off their lights and other electric devices for one hour. However, this isn’t the only way the holiday is celebrated. It is also celebrated by participants raising attention to ecological-based problems – such as pollution and climate change. This is done by using Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites to get the word out to as many people as possible. Participants are encouraged to not only using social media to advance these causes but also to actively take a hands-on approach to the problems facing this planet.