celebrates Earth Hour

Tim Falk 22 March 2017 NEWS

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Switch off to help save the planet during this annual worldwide event.

Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our planet as we move deeper into the 21st century. Unless drastic action is taken to combat the threat of global warming, the consequences for our planet’s future could be dire.

But there’s one global movement aimed at raising awareness of the importance of tackling climate change and creating a better climate future: Earth Hour. This annual Australian “lights off” event has turned into a global phenomenon and will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2017. Let’s take a look at what Earth Hour is and what you need to do to get involved.

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Caption: The finder Earth Hour Wall

What is doing for Earth Hour?

finder will be hosting an event for staff on Friday 24 March where we will screen the documentary Places We Love and discuss how we can make a difference. Photos to come! Staff will also have the opportunity to donate to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Solar Lights Campaign.

The finder staff have also made a habit of ensuring the lights are always turned off after business hours. In fact, some of our developers love hacking in the dark!

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is a global environmental awareness movement organised by the WWF. This annual event is held worldwide on a nominated day in March each year and encourages participants to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm in their time zone. Everyone from individuals and families to businesses and entire towns and communities can participate – all you have to do is turn off your lights.

Earth Hour’s purpose is to raise awareness of global warming, climate change and the serious issues facing our planet. Rather than being an exercise in carbon reduction, switching off your lights during Earth Hour is a symbolic way for people, businesses and governments to make a commitment to reducing their ecological footprint now and into the future.

More than 6 million Australians took part in Earth Hour in 2016 – that’s 1 in 4 Australians.

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The finder team views "The Places We Love"

When is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour takes place towards the end of March, with participants encouraged to turn off their lights between 8:30pm and 9:30pm local time.

In 2017, Earth Hour will take place from 8:30pm on Saturday 25 March. Future events are scheduled for the following dates:

  • 2018 Earth Hour: 31 March 2018, 8:30pm-9:30pm
  • 2019 Earth Hour: 30 March 2019, 8:30pm-9:30pm
  • 2020 Earth Hour: 28 March 2020, 8:30pm-9:30pm

How did it all start?

Earth Hour is an Australian grassroots environmental movement that started in Sydney back in 2007, when 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses participated in the first ever “lights off” event. Just as it is today, the aim of the original event was to draw attention to the importance of tackling climate change and creating a brighter future for our planet.

From its humble Aussie roots, Earth Hour quickly spread around the world and just one year later in 2008, up to 100 million people turned out their lights during Earth Hour in 35 countries around the world. This saw lights switched off at iconic international landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, New York City’s Empire State Building, Rome’s Colosseum and the London City Hall.

Fast forward to 2017 and the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour has arrived. This annual environmental event is now celebrated in 172 countries and more than 7,000 cities and towns around the globe, making it the world’s biggest movement for climate change.

Earth Hour now also encompasses a range of other projects and events that go far beyond the 60 minutes of allotted time. There are kids’ competitions, charity initiatives and even an Earth Hour cookbook, all of which are designed to raise awareness and help reduce our carbon footprint.

How can I get involved?

If you’d like to switch off for an hour on 25 March 2017, you can register your event through the official Earth Hour website. You can also search the website to find an Earth Hour event near you, all you have to do is enter your postcode and set the search radius to your desired distance. There are community BBQs, school fetes, family movie nights and even dance parties being held all around Australia, so find something close to you and join in the fun.

There is also a wealth of information available on the Earth Hour website to help businesses, schools and kids get involved with Earth Hour:

  • Earth Hour for businesses. Access posters, tip sheets and event ideas to help you encourage your staff to participate in Earth Hour.
  • Earth Hour for schools. The Earth Hour website includes a curriculum toolkit full of educational resources to teach kids about climate change, as well as the chance to register for Earth Hour Schools Day (held on 24 March).
  • Earth Hour for kids. You can also access a range of games, activities and arts and crafts ideas to keep kids entertained and get them involved in Earth Hour.

Other organisations that support Earth Hour or renewable energy

Energy Locals

Half of Energy Local's profits are donated to good Australian causes, including renewable energy development and local community groups.

BT Financial Group

The group gets involved in many community organisations such as Clean up Australia Day, Earth Hour and Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

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