The history of Earth Hour goes back to 2007 when the WWF launched the first lights-out event in Sydney. Since this first event Earth Hour has become a global hour of inspiration and has seen buildings, streets and even city skylines fall into darkness while we think about Mother Earth.
The event is held every year on the last Saturday in March and millions of people from more than 180 countries now take part in Earth Hour.
The Earth Hour Mission
Although Earth Hour first began as a lights-out movement, it now goes far beyond that. The mission of Earth Hour is to shine a light on the global climate crisis and encourage people to do more than the hour. The event sparks a newfound awareness on the health of our ecosystems, climate, wildlife and livelihoods.
The movement shows the leaders of the world that our planet needs saving and gets us all thinking about how we can work towards a more sustainable future.
How can I take part in Earth Hour?
Go back to when it all began. At 8:30 PM local time wherever you are in the world, turn of your lights for one hour!
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, Earth Hour recommends you embrace the movement digitally. If you would like to share the moment in a public space or with friends and family outside your home, please follow local guidelines, remember to wear a mask, and maintain social distancing.
Take part in the Earth Hour Virtual Spotlight
The effects of a pandemic like COVID-19 are easy to see. But what about the causes? This #EarthHour, learn why our health depends on the health of the planet, and why we already have it in us to make a global change - though we may just not have realized it yet.
Earth Hour invites you to shine the Virtual Spotlight on Earth Hour and share this video far and wide.. Let's get the world talking!