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 recycling or re-using, 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 2014, Earth Hour’s global impact was once again record-breaking. Taking place on Saturday, March 29 at 8.30pm, more than 162 countries and 7000 cities participated in Earth Hour, and the world’s most famous landmarks switched off, such as 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.
We hope that with the next Earth Hour we can build a truly global community committed to taking actions to help create a more sustainable planet.