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Have You Ever Heard Of Earth Hour?

Have you ever heard of Earth Hour?

What is it?

Earth Hour began in 2007, as a way to encourage people to turn off their lights for 6o minutes in the hope of uniting millions of people in their fight against climate change, to allow people to stand together and to highlight the need for better assistance fighting climate change.

Every year, at 8.30pm on the last Saturday of March, supporters in over 190 countries and territories unite, taking action and raising awareness of the issues facing our world. We only have one and we have to look after it.

When is it?

It happens every year, usually on the last Saturday of March at 8.30 PM (GMT)

What's the point?

To highlight the need for change in the battle to reduce climate change, to show the world leaders and politicians that the world that we live in needs change. Here are some of the examples of what the WWF and their partners have done over the last 15 years. In 2013, Uganda were able to secure 2,700 hectares of land to establish the first ever Earth Hour forest. In 2014, The Galapagos Islands became the first providence of Ecuador to ban plastic bags. In 2018, In French Polynesia 5 million sq km of its exclusive economic zone in the south pacific ocean became classified as a Managed Marine Area, which will help preserve vital marine ecosystems.

Here are some of the ways we can make a difference.

Reducing our own emissions, however small, can have an impact. Walking, cycling and using public transport are a few of the ways that you can cut your emissions.

If you have a garden, plant a tree or you can plant a tree through a charity such as The Woodland Trust.

There are also free apps that you can download

Plan your food shop, write a shopping list and try to stick to it. Food waste is a massive contribution to climate change. It isn't just the food that is being thrown away, it's the time it took to grow, the fuel from the transport to get it to where it needs to be.

When buying things, is there a plastic free version? or can you recycle it? Try to shop wiser. Know More, Buy Better.

Reduce your energy use, switch off your lights when you leave a room, switch off the things that are left on standby., unplug chargers.

Together we can make a difference, however small, it is still a difference in the fight against climate change.

25th March 2022

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