What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is a global call for the protection of the planet and for people to take a stand against climate change.

What began as a local event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, has exploded into a worldwide symbolic event focused on switching off the lights for one hour and to take climate action.

2017 saw an unprecedented 187 countries and territories participating and over 3000 landmarks being switched off.

Each year on the last Saturday in March, hundreds of thousands use their collective voice to inspire, motivate and lead the charge on their hopes, dreams and concerns about the planet.

On home soil, South Africans got switched on to the power of Earth Hour in 2009 ahead of climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark. This momentum led WWF South Africa to inspire many more South Africans to sign up and switch off.

Every year Earth Hour mobilises more support for the planet, exceeding expectations and inspiring change on various environmental concerns:

  • Fighting deforestation in Uganda
  • A 10-year freeze on a new oil project in the Arctic
  • The creation of a national park in Malaysia
  • A reduction in energy usage in Brunei Darussalam and stronger climate change laws in Scotland and Switzerland
  • In South Africa, inspiring people and organisations to use their power and say yes to renewable energy.

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