Earth Hour is a yearly, one hour event organized by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) that aims to create awareness around climate change and what we can do to curb it. All you have to do is turn your lights off and unplug your electronics at 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 27th. It’s a call to arms for anyone who wants to take part in a small, but meaningful act that will reduce CO2 emissions around the world and spread the word about the impacts of climate change affecting all of us today and in the future. Skeptics will argue that we’re not going to save the world in an hour, and they’re right, but who can really argue against an effort to direct people’s attention to a pressing environmental issue? Below are five facts key facts about Earth Hour, make sure to check out the official website and help spread the word if it’s a cause you believe in.
1) We can solve 3/4 of climate change by changing the energy we use.
First step is cutting down our use. Do those lights really have to be on? Can the computers be turned off at night? Think before you switch on.
2) 10 millions Canadians care about leadership on climate change.
Every person who participates in Earth Hour is sending a clear and inspiring message to our leaders to take further action needed to help our planet.
3) We’re in the hot seat this summer.
Canada is hosting the G8 and G20 Summits in Hunstville and Toronto in June, and climate change is on the agenda. Let’s show the world what we’re capable of.
4) Wildlife’s best hope is avoiding 2 degrees Celsius.
Global warming is already threatening our coral reefs, the base of ocean life. If we can limit the warming, we can stop 1/3 of species from risking extinction.
5) WWF wants to make every hour Earth Hour.
There’s a big growing community of people wanting to do more and looking for support. Join them at http://community.wwf.ca.
Remember to turn off and unplug this Saturday!