BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 23 Mar '18

The Earth Hour 2018 switch-off will take place on Saturday 24 March at 20:30 local time

Earth Hour, WWF’s landmark movement, is once again set to bring millions of people around the world together to show their commitment to the planet.

As we face the dual challenge of climate change and plummeting biodiversity, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment aims to mobilise individuals, businesses and governments to be a part of the conversation and solutions needed to build a healthy, sustainable future – and planet – for all.

Lights out

Earth Hour started as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007, and is now celebrated in more than 180 countries and territories as a global moment of solidarity for the planet.

Online, #EarthHour and related terms generated over 3.5 billion impressions in the run up to Earth Hour 2017, trending in at least 30 countries worldwide on the night.

The movement has been a game-changer for popularising climate and environmental action across the globe. As global biodiversity declines at an unprecedented rate, Earth Hour will focus its efforts on galvanising mainstream support for action on biodiversity and Nature.

Inspiring action

In the past decade, Earth Hour has inspired millions to support and participate in critical climate and conservation projects led by WWF and many others, helping drive climate policy, awareness and action.

Among its highlights, the movement has helped in the creation of a 3.4 million hectare marine-protected area in Argentina, a 2,700-hectare Earth Hour forest in Uganda and helped pass new legislation for the protection of seas and forests in Russia.

‘Biodiversity and Nature underpin our lives, our economies, our health, our wellbeing, our happiness. It is the foundation of our living planet. Today, as we push the planet and its natural systems to the edge, Earth Hour is our chance to use our power, as individuals and as a collective, to demand and take action to protect this web of life in return for all it gives us. For the benefit of all life on Earth and of our own future.’

MARCO LAMBERTINI
Director general, WWF International

Earth Hour 2018

In 2018, WWF and Earth Hour teams around the world will be using the movement to highlight the environmental issues most relevant in their country or region.

In Colombia, people will call for the country to commit to zero deforestation by 2020. French Polynesia is expected to move to protect 5m square kilometres of its seas to preserve ocean ecosystems. In Guatemala, citizens will raise their voice on the importance of freshwater conservation and in India, people will pledge to shift toward sustainable lifestyles. In Nepal, WWF will mobilise public support for a clean, renewable energy future for all.

‘Earth Hour is a testament to the power of a simple idea to inspire people to take action to protect the Earth. As we take an hour to reflect on the vital role that biodiversity and Nature play in our lives, let this be the spark that galvanises action for transformation to a more sustainable future.

‘The CBD Secretariat is delighted to be working with WWF, and with people all over the world to build a movement where people and communities make a personal connection with Earth. The reflections, conversations and actions we start today will help protect biodiversity at the local, national and global levels, and lead us on a journey of living in harmony with Nature.’

Cristiana Paşca Palmer
Executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Supporters can visit connect2earth.org to share what biodiversity and Nature means to them in the places they live in and find out more about it.

Created in partnership with the secretariat of the United Nations Convention of Biological Diversity, the platform aims to build mass awareness on the values of biodiversity and Nature by kick-starting global conversations on issues such as climate action, healthy oceans and sustainable business.

The project is supported by Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety with funding from the International Climate Initiative.