Earth Hour is an opportunity for every single person around the world to unite in taking a stand against climate change and supporting the will of the public behind tackling it.
Switching off one light in one room in one house may seem insignificant, but Earth Hour shows that when many people switch off many lights, in many rooms in many houses, the impact is considerably more noticeable. If re-enacted, this action and the commitment to go beyond the hour, for example by being more efficient with our energy and water usage, recycling or reducing our consumption, the impact can be just as impressive.
With the invitation to ‘switch off and go beyond the hour' extended to everyone, Earth Hour quickly grew into an annual global event. Earth Hour is scheduled on the last Saturday of every March– closely coinciding with the equinox to ensure most cities are in darkness as it is rolled out around the world.
In 2016, Earth Hour’s global impact was once again record-breaking. Taking place on Saturday, March 29 at 8.30pm, more than 172 countries and over 10,400 iconic landmarks participated in Earth Hour by switching off. Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Great Wall of China, the Tower of Pisa in Italy, and the Empire State Building in NYC, with Russia’s Kremlin and Red Square.
Locally, all seven emirates participated in Earth Hour, with key landmarks switching off such as Burj Al Arab, Raffles Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Etihad Towers, Al Qasba (Eye of the Emirates) and many more.
With Earth Hour 2017, falling on March 25 at 8.30pm globally, we hope we can all take climate action to build a truly global community committed to taking action for a more sustainable planet.
How to participate in Earth Hour 2017
Switch on your social power and share your Green Goals to inspire your friends and followers
Use #ChangeClimateChange during #EarthHourUAE to engage with your social networks
Get involved as an individual, business or school