Darkness will decent yet again, this Saturday, 27 March at 8:30 p.m, wherever you are in the world, as we pay homage to Mother Earth and observe one hour in darkness in bid to spread awareness on nature loss, climate change and sustainability.
Millions across the world will turn off their lights for #EarthHour. Will you be one of them?
It is known as one of the largest global grassroots movements for the environment and will virtually bring together millions of people, businesses and leaders from around the world to shine a spotlight on the urgent need to address nature loss and climate change.
With evidence pointing towards a close link between nature’s destruction and rising incidences of infectious disease outbreaks like COVID-19, Earth Hour 2021 will unite people online to speak up for nature.
The world has seen some catastrophic incidents last year including extreme weather events, devastating wildfires, floods and the COVID-19 Pandemic. It reminds us that preventing nature loss is crucial for safeguarding our future.
The world has failed to meet the 2020 deadline for achieving the targets set for preventing nature loss a decade ago. Earth Hour marks a pivotal opportunity for civil society organisations, individuals, businesses and environmentalists to call on world leaders for setting nature on a path to recovery by 2030.
Earth Hour has inspired the global initiatives for protection of nature, climate and the environment, helping drive awareness, action and policy change.
The movement helped in the creation of a 3.5 million hectare protected marine area in Argentina, a 2,700-hectare Earth Hour forest in Uganda, secured new legislation for the protection of seas and forests in Russia, pushed for a ban on single-use plastics and Styrofoam products in the Ecuadorian capital, and initiated the planting of 20,000 mangrove seedlings in 13 cities in Indonesia.
Born in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour, WWF’s flagship global environmental movement, has grown to become one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment, inspiring individuals, communities, businesses and organizations in more than 180 countries and territories to take tangible environmental action for over a decade.
Earth Hour has historically been focused on the climate crisis, but more recently has strived to also bring the pressing issue of nature loss to the fore.