Earth Hour 2019: Turning off lights won’t save the planets, Adapt to more green practices to reduce energy consumption




This Saturday (30th March 2019) marks Earth Hour and energy users are encouraged to switch off any unneeded lights and appliances for just 60 minutes. The annual event, organized by the World Wildlife Fund, encourages people turn off unnecessary lights between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. to combat climate change and raise awareness about energy conservation. Started in 2007 in Australia, Earth Hour has become an annual event, held the last Saturday evening in March. It is marked by people and businesses worldwide turning off lights and even shutting down electrical appliances for one hour between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. local time. The hope is that by turning even one light off for an hour, people will consider what they can do to reduce carbon emissions blamed for rising global temperatures. Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement organized by the World Wildlife Foundation and is intended to promote sustainability, support strategies that can help solve the problem of climate change, and aid in the protection our planet. Our connection to Earth and nature is undeniable. Nature provides us with all the basic things we need to live. These basic needs include the air we breathe, the water we drink and the materials we need to build our homes to provide shelter from the elements. Our changing climate is starting to put our basic necessities at risk, plus the diversity of life on the planet is also being threatened through climate change. Right now, you might be wondering if Earth Hour would have an impact. I am inclined to think that it might! First, I am writing about this unique global event and have made you aware of it. You may decide to turn a light off or comment about it to someone who will think about their potential environmental impact and take action. It is the accumulation of the small actions, when combined, that will create a significant impact or outcome. Yet the more critical step will be taken when action is implemented to work toward and hopefully achieve long-term energy reduction in our daily lives. There are no written rules for participating in or celebrating Earth Hour; however, more information can be found at earthhour.org. There are ideas for small, simple events, such as a candlelight dinner or turning off the television and then going outside to stargaze. Consider organizing larger events or activities for the future. So please consider joining me and others around the world by turning off one light from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30. In doing so, you will be recognizing that nature and our planet Earth are being negatively impacted through climate change that, if left unchecked, will ultimately impact our daily lives.