Earth Hour: When is it and how is it being commemorated?

Earth Hour has become a ‘catalyst for positive environmental impact’, organisers state

Sabrina Barr
Saturday 27 March 2021 17:00
Earth Hour: Lights turned off at Eiffel Tower and Colosseum in support of climate change awareness

The world is currently facing an unprecedented time, rife with uncertainty, fear and a great need for community spirit and support.

Last year, when the coronavirus pandemic began, the organisers of the environmental event of Earth Hour said that “the need to unite and protect our planet has never been greater”.

Here is everything you need to know about this year’s Earth Hour and how it is being commemorated:

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is an environmental event that takes place on an annual basis.

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Founded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and partners in 2007, Earth Hour is now observed in more than 180 countries across the globe.

Every year, millions of people observe the event by switching off their electric lights for a single hour.

However, it “goes far beyond the symbolic action of switching off”, Earth Hour’s organisers state.

“It has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of people and collective action,” it says on the event’s website.

“Today, Earth Hour aims to spark global conversations on protecting nature not only to combat the climate crisis, but to ensure our own health, happiness, prosperity and even survival.”

Last year, famous landmarks across the world turned off their lights in commemoration of Earth Hour.

Landmarks including the Sydney Opera House, the Pyramids in Egypt, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York took part.

When is it?

This year, Earth Hour is taking place on Saturday 27 March.

No matter where you are in the world, the designated will take place from 8.30pm until 9.30pm your local time.

How is it being observed this year?

As normal, people are being asked to switch off their lights for an hour to mark the day, and are being advised to mark the event at home.

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Earth Hour global organising team is recommending all individuals to take part online / digitally when possible,” Earth Hour’s website states.

“If you are planning to be in a public space or are thinking of spending the Hour with friends and family outside your home, please follow local guidelines, remember to wear a mask, and maintain social distancing.”

Earth Hour’s organisers have compiled a list of events around the world (including a wealth of virtual events) to allow people to mark the day, whatever Covid restrictions they are living under.

The event’s other big drive is to get people to share a video on their social media channels, in a bid to make it the most-watched video in the world on March 27.

Earth Hour hasn’t yet revealed what the video’s contents will be but has said it will release the clip on its own social channels on the evening of March 27.

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