Every year, at 8:30 pm on the last Saturday of March, millions of people across the world join in raising awareness of the issues facing our planet. This hour is known as ‘Earth Hour’ and in 2021 it will fall on 27th March.
This movement is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) aiming to raise awareness and inspire people to take tangible action for the environment.
The Earth Hour has helped in the creation of 3.5 million hectares protected marine area in Argentina, a 2,700-hectare Earth Hour forest in Uganda, secured new legislation for the protection of seas and forests in Russia, pushed for a ban on single-use plastics and Styrofoam products in the Ecuadorian capital, and initiated the planting of 20,000 mangrove seedlings in 13 cities in Indonesia.
Earth Hour 2021: Theme and Significance
The Earth Hour 2021 theme will focus on “Climate Change to Save Earth.” Climate change is real, and it is affecting us in one way or another. We should unite together and fight with it.
2021 presents an incredible opportunity to push world leaders into action.
In a few months’ time, representatives from all over the globe will be attending the 15th meeting of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China.
By speaking up for nature this Earth Hour, we can put the spotlight on our planet and spark global conversations on the need for change, building momentum and a “domino effect” that directly influences the direction of this crucial United Nations Biodiversity Conference.
Earth Hour 2021: History
In the first year in 2007, Earth Hour was celebrated by 2.2 million people in Sydney, Australia. WWF has started this global event as an initiative to encourage people across the world to take accountability for their ecological footprint and engage in resource exchange that provides real solutions to our environmental issues.
Next year, the event stretched to an international platform where some of the major landmarks such as The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and The Colosseum in Rome went dark on Earth Hour.
In 2009, the event became the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. It broke all records of mass participation from many countries. From this year onwards, the Earth Hour accelerated to spread awareness for sustainable changes for environmental challenges.
How to Take Part in Earth Hour 2021
Switch off your lights for an hour
This is the DNA of the Earth Hour movement. Switch off your lights for an hour on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 8:30 pm your local time.
Take part in “Virtual Spotlight”
Earth Hour 2021 is going to be a special global event this year. It will be the first-ever Earth Hour “Virtual Spotlight” this year.
This year, among the current global issues, WWF is inviting people to raise awareness and create an unforgettable sight online. You can simply share the must-watch videos to your peer groups to raise awareness that will be posted on all the social media pages of EARTHHOUR.ORG. You can follow Instagram/ Facebook/ Twitter to stay tuned with the uploading of the must-watch videos.
Organize an Event
Earth Hour has always drawn its power from the people. Bring your community together (virtually) for the Hour and be a local champion of a global movement.
Learn more about climate change and nature loss
Awareness is the first step before action. Learn about the two biggest challenges of our time, and why they are more interconnected than you might think.