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Climate Change: Earth Hour 2022
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Fri, 25 Mar 2022
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Each year on the last Saturday in March, the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) hold a global movement called 'Earth Hour'. Beginning in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour is now one of the world's largest grassroots environmental movements. This year Earth Hour will be held on Saturday, 26 March at 8-9pm.

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is an initiative to encourage individuals, communities, businesses, and local and national governments to turn off non-essential lights between 20:30-21:30 on the last Saturday in March to show support for our planet.

Over more recent years, Earth Hour has become a catalyst for positive environmental action, driving major changes in legislation through the power of collective action. By 2021, people from 192 countries and territories participated digitally to speak up for nature.

Today, Earth Hour aims to increase awareness and conversations across the globe about protecting the environment, and all of its inhabitants, not just to fight the climate crisis, but to protect our own health and to drive prosperity.

Between 25 April and 8 May 2022, the United Nations' convention on Biological Diversity 15th Conference of the Parties (UN CBD COP 15) will take place in China to attempt to establish ambitious and binding global commitments to reverse nature and biodiversity loss by 2030.

Earth Hour 2022 occurs just before this conference and is an opportunity to raise awareness of it and build the global momentum necessary to pressure world leaders into taking action.

How can we get involved?

There are many ways that you could get involved with Earth Hour directly, including switching off all of your non-essential lights in your home and tuning into virtual Earth Hour events such as live discussions, Q&A's, performances, and contests on 26 March.

However, positive environmental action should not be confined to this single hour and there are many ways you can incorporate more environmentally friendly practices into your daily and working lives. This could include:

  • Active transport options such as walking or cycling or using public transport to get to work instead of driving a couple times per week.
  • Ensuring all non-essential electrical items at home are turned off when you are at work, and vice versa.
  • Keeping documents digital and paperless where possible - always considering how vital it is to print.
  • Consuming food and drink from local producers where possible, such as visiting a local, independent café on your dinner break.
  • Having a desk plant to improve indoor air quality and bringing some nature into the office environment.

Find out more information about Earth Hour here: https://www.earthhour.org/

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