Earth Hour is observed today at 8:30 PM (local time zones), with people around the world turning off non-essential electric lights for an hour to raise awareness about energy conservation. Earth Hour is celebrated on the last Saturday of March.
Earth Hour brings people from all walks of life together to show solidarity for the well-being of the planet we inhabit against climate change.
This movement started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, as a symbolic event by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The following year, Earth Hour was observed in 35 countries. And now it has grown to include people from as many as 190 countries. Over the years, it has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact and has led to legislative changes by harnessing the power of collective action, the official website says.
Today, Earth Hour aims to spark global conversations about protecting nature, tackling the climate crisis, and working together to shape a better future for us all.
In different parts of the world, Earth Hour has already started according to the local time. Earth Hour’s special Twitter handle has shared some snapshots of how people are observing this event in Japan and South Korea.
RT if you switch off and spend the Hour reconnecting with nature or your loved ones ???? https://t.co/bk7UKorBeGpic.twitter.com/yGYUpqA6gx
— Earth Hour Official (@earthhour) March 26, 2022
Earth Hour started in India in 2009, when it received support in 58 cities, according to WWF India. In the following years, schools, colleges, communities, celebrities, leaders and individuals promoted the event to make it a collective campaign.
This year Earth Hour will be celebrated around the theme: “Shape Our Future”.