The Power of Earth Hour: 1 Hour of Miracle

The Power of Earth Hour: 1 Hour of Miracle

Ever wondered what will happen if we turn off all electronic devices in the whole world for an hour? That’s what earth hour is all about. It sounds hard enough to turn off electricity of the whole country, but earth hour challenged us even further by requiring us to turn off every electrical devices in the whole world. No need to fret, because the suggested duration of this bold action, is only 1 hour. One hour in a year, that wouldn’t be a hard challenge wasn’t it? Definitely won’t be as hard as ridiculous internet challenges.

In this article, we will tell you what is this challenge, who started it, and how you can participate at home. Earth hour might sounds simple, but it would leave an impact on the worldwide nature health, and the best part is, anyone can participate.

What, Who, Where and When

The earth hour is an annual event, or a movement, the world’s largest movement for our planet earth where millions of people around the world switch off their lights to help lighten up the burden our planet have endured, even for a mere one hour. To do this movement, just switch off any unnecessary lights, plugs and sockets for just an hour, it won’t hurt to try, really. It was meant to protect and help nature to survive against climate crisis, and also to ensure our own health, happiness, prosperity and even survival.

The one who started this movement is the World Wide Funds for Nature, or mostly known as WWF, an international non-govermental organization that main purposes are including wilderness preservation and the reduction of human impact on the environment. WWF first initiated this movement in Sydney, Australia in 2007, where 2.2 million individuals turned their lights off for one hour. The first earth hour was so successful that WWF expanded the movement internationally the year after, in 2008.

In 2008, earth hour starts to develop stronger, even countries beside Australia join the movement, global landmarks such as Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building have also switched off electric lights during earth hour. The next thing we knew, the movement has reached the ears of the entire globe, even Indonesia. If you wanted to do your part, earth hour is done annually on the last Saturday of March from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM It’s already passed for 2021, but there’s always 2022 and the next years after.

Eiffel Tower in Paris every earth hour, without the glimmering lights.

Image taken from Axios, In photos: World's landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

A statement from WWF said that earth hour is open-source and they welcome everyone, anyone, to take part of it and help amplify their mission to unite people to protect our planet. The problem is, despite being worldwide, this movement is still voluntary, no regulations nor authorities to make sure every household to cut their electricities out. Regardless, in 2018, earth hour took place in a record-breaking 188 countries, with about 17.900 participating landmarks, including Eiffel Tower, Opera House, Empire State Building, Burj Khalifa, and Big Ben.

In 2021 amidst the pandemic, WWF is encouraging an ‘Earth Hour Virtual Spotlight’. It’s where we get as many people as possible to share the video posted on Earth Hour’s social media accounts at 20:30 as they undergone the earth hour.

Why and How

Earth hour encourage communities around the world to turn off their electricity for an hour straight, to bring people awareness to the environmental effects of energy consumption. It encourages ordinary people to reflect on their actions and to think about how they can contribute to conserving Earth’s resources and their own electricity. The movement has grown into the world’s biggest pioneer of environmental movement and symbolizes how ordinary people can be rallied out to support the environment

Earth hour does not solve climate change per se, but it does help anyone, millions of people all around the world, for chance to take part and show their support for climate change. With earth hour, anyone can make a substantial difference in energy consumption and can help reduce the effect of global warming on earth. This movement is about preserving the natural heritage of our planet so it might survive as long as possible.

During the earth hour, WWF is moving to increase more awareness through crowdfunding initiatives. Crowdfunding invites environmentally aware individuals to donate in order to raise funds to do other environmental work across the planet. If you can’t take part of the donation, that’s fine, lights off for an hour is enough for a commitment. Earth hour is voluntary, no government nor authority will remind you to do so. So check the date, on the last Saturday of March from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM, do your part in the earth hour.

For those of you who are capable, you might interested to upgrade your household into an eco-friendly house, to know more, you can read: Energy-Efficient House: 5 Brilliant House Features You Must Install To Promote Sustainability


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