Earth Hour is Happening Tonight, Here’s What You Can Do
If you can, switch off your lights!
Every year, the World Wildlife Fund (WFF) initiative Earth Hour is celebrated on the last Saturday of March, wherein every household and establishment is asked to switch off their lights for one hour starting 8:30 p.m.
The organization recognizes, however, that this year is unlike any other year — with COVID-19 affecting many countries, it’s quite understandable that Earth Hour could be the last thing in people’s minds.
“This year, we are facing Earth Hour in exceptional circumstances with countries around the world experiencing a health crisis with the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19),” writes WWF on the Earth Hour website. “We recognize the exceptional challenge that the world is facing and we thank you for your support as we try to realign our Earth Hour work appropriately. In light of the latest developments, the Earth Hour global organizing team is recommending all individuals to take part in Earth Hour digitally this year.”
There are still many simple but powerful things you can do to spread the word of #NatureNow. Aside from turning off lights at 8:30 p.m. (only if you're able) you can try the initiative's digital challenges, like sharing awareness videos, going on TikTok to #DanceForThePlanet, tuning in to Earth Hour’s official live stream, sharing on-the-night Earth Hour experiences, and signing a petition for world leaders to commit to greener alternatives.
Earth Hour shouldn’t just be an hour of our lives, though. Being conscious of our environmental footprint will be beneficial in the long run. We’ve previously listed steps on how you can celebrate the planet daily, and these include:
- Growing your own produce;
- Using alternative transportation — or simply just walking if your destination is nearby;
- Switching to energy-efficient lighting; and
- Completely ditching single-use plastic.
Looking for other ways to go green? Head on to EarthHour.org.
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