Between following our daily routines (commuting, eating, using electronics, and powering our household) we unknowingly contribute a substantial quantity of the greenhouse gas emissions that are one of the causes of climate change. However by changing the choices we make everyday, we can reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to the environment.
Earth hour is a global movement in which you turn off all your non-essential lights for an hour in order to reduce your environmental impact. Created by World Wildlife Fund, this event serves in creating awareness and connecting people around the world with a similar goal: inspire change. This year the event takes place on Saturday, March 29 between 8.30PM and 9.30PM in your local time zone and it spans more than 7,000 locations throughout the world.
Since its inception in March 2007, Earth Hour has achieved many environmental accomplishments such as distributing thousands of wood-saving stoves to families in Madagascar, creating the first Earth Hour forest in Uganda, helping pass a Senate bill for a 3.4 million hectare Marine Protected Area in Argentina, and installing solar powered lights in cities without electricity in India. Although there is still much to do for our environment, committing to turning off your lights for this hour is just one small step to take and one that I will personally make. To learn more about Earth Hour and to see how you can contribute more to the environment check out the FAQs here.