Earth Hour: a growing success

20 Apr 2018 09:30

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A record of 188 countries and territories joined the Earth Hour movement this year. The Opera House, Big Ben, the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower along with over 17,900 landmarks and monuments switched their light off between 8:30 and 9:30 pm this March 26th.

Starting in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now the world largest movement for climate change. Millions of people worldwide commit to turning their lights off for an hour. WWW, the organizer of the Earth Hour, reported a 4% drop in electricity consumption in Hong Kong during the Earth Hour 2015, the equivalent of 138 tons of CO2. Not that much – you would say, but Earth Hour isn’t about saving energy, it is about raising awareness and inspiring people to act for the planet.

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Paris Eiffel tower before and during Earth Hour.

“Once again, the people have spoken through Earth Hour,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International in a statement “People are demanding commitment now on halting climate change and the loss of nature. The stakes are high and we need urgent action to protect the health of the planet for a safe future for us and all life on Earth.”

This year, the movement broke records with more than 3.5 billion impressions of the campaign hashtag #Connect2Earth in only 3 months. 250 celebrities and influencers from all around the world also participated, raising their voice for the planet. Among them: Jared Leto, Andy Murray, Ellie Goulding, and The Killers.

If you missed out on the Earth Hour 2018, the 2019 edition is planned on Saturday 30th of March 2019 at 8:30 pm.

More information about Earth Hour here.

While embracing the Earth Hour, act for the planet and reduce your carbon footprint (and your energy bill) by switching to solar! Call Energis today on 1300 782 217, or send us an enquiry.

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