Millions of earth hour
participants in 172 countries will turn off lights from 8.30pm to 9.30pm local
time showing concerns over environmental issues such as
This year's theme is 'Change
More than 1,200 historic
landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Eiffel
Tower in Paris are scheduled to go dark in support of Earth Hour. Around 40
UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Acropolis in Athens and Edinburgh
Castle in Scotland will also switch off their lights.
the frequency and severity of natural disasters, climate change has developed
into a massive environmental threat. The devastating effects have already
started taking toll on humans and animals.
When we burn fossil fuels
including petroleum and natural gas, it releases greenhouse gas emissions into
the atmosphere, including carbon dioxide, causing climate change.
To turn things around, the
campaigners say that we must use less energy, be more efficient with what we do
use. They add that people should switch to low-emission renewable resources
like wind, solar or geothermal energy.
U.N. secretary general
Ban Ki-moon in a
video supporting the event said that, "Climate
change is a people problem. People cause climate change and people suffer from climate
. People can also solve climate change. This December in Paris,
the United Nations is bringing nations together to agree a new, universal and
meaningful climate agreement. It will be the culmination of a year of action on
Earth hour campaign asks people to turn off the
lights for just one hour in order to send a message that you are concerned over
climate change and you expect forward-looking climate change policies from your
local and national decision makers.
However, the decision on which
lights can be safely switched off has to be made individually.
There are a few lights that
should not be turned off, including safety lights in public spaces and security
lights. Some lights like overhead lights in rooms, decorative lights and
advertising lights can be switched off safely during the event.
If you plan on burning candles
during the event, you should better use 100% beeswax candles or soy candles,
which are smoke free, non-toxic and non-allergenic.
"As Earth Hour continues to break
records for global participation, our supporters continue to reach new heights
for energy and creativity in using their power to make a difference. Every
light switch turned off, every signature collected and every project funded,
gives us renewed hope that together we can change climate change," said
Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Chair, Board of Directors, Earth Hour Global.
The World Wide Fund (WWF) started the global
movement for Nature as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. The
international non-governmental organization works on issues regarding the
conservation and restoration of the environment.