Earth Hour 2013 is taking place this Saturday (23 March) from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm no matter where you are in the world. Watch the official Earth Hour 2013 video to get inspired to join in this year…
Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilise people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7 001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.
How did Earth Hour come about?
The Earth Hour event we see today has been 9 years in the making.
In 2007, one city decided to take a stand against climate change. 2,2 million people across Sydney switched off their lights for an event that would become known across the world as Earth Hour.
2008 saw Earth Hour being held in 371 cities and towns in more than 35 countries globally. A highly conservative estimate concludes that 50 million people participate.
In 2009, the symbol of switching off the lights, united the planet – over 4 000 cities across 88 countries took part.
A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action in 2010. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off.
135 countires took part in Earth Hour 2011. This was the first Earth Hour to go beyond the hour, as supporters were asked to think about what else they could do to make a difference.
In 2012, Earth Hour broke another record, cementing itself as the largest voluntary action for the environment, with more than 6 950 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories taking part.
Don’t forget to save the date for Earth Hour 2013 and see the world unite to protect the planet.
For more information, visit www.earthhour.org