On Saturday 19 March 2016, lights will be swtiched off for an hour, starting in Australia and some of the Pacific nations, and then sweeping across the globe. This will mark of the now-global phenomenon called Earth Hour, which sees cities, businesses and households across the world switching off their lights between 8:30 and 9:30pm local time. The annual event, which takes place in the month of March, is symbolic of the efforts humankind is making to combat global warming and the ravages of climate change. Earth Hour was started in 2007 by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Sydney, Australia.
The Earth Hour theme this year is: Shine a Light on Climate Action. Everyone can take part in the global switch-off by turning off their non-essential lights on Saturday night. With the event, now a well-known item on most cities’ social calendars, you can find one of many events taking place in your city to commemorate Earth Hour.
Arguably, one hour is not enough to make a marked difference. However, the spirit of Earth Hour is to raise awareness about climate change and to help the global citizenry to focus on the things that can be done to deal with the climate change and global warming problem. Another aim of Earth Hour is to act as a gesture of humankind's desire to save his only home, Planet Earth.
With climate change and global warming now an undeniable fact, you may not want to be left out of this year’s Earth Hour commemorations. For some of the activities to mark the event in a city near you, and how you can also take action against climate change, you can visit the following websites: www.earthhour.org, earthhour.org.za and wwf.org.za.