Tomorrow, Saturday 28th March 2015, at 8.30pm local time wherever you are, the lights will be switched off all over the world for a symbolic 60 minutes, to mark Earth Hour. Described as a ‘worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet‘, and organized by the World Wildlife Fund, it basically gives everyone a chance to demonstrate their concern for the state of our planet in whatever small way they can.
Not everyone will want to join in of course, and that’s their right, but for those who perhaps feel that they would like to show their support, switching off the lights at that time can be a first step. Many others will be promoting ecological programs, or crowdfunding projects across the world, and the coolest thing is this type of activity does result in real action.
Over the past nine years the initiative has triggered eco education programs in Thailand and Taiwan, helped reduce de-forestation in Paraguay, and pushed legislators into passing marine protection laws in Argentina. It may be the one time we can shake aside the inevitable cynicism about influencing vested interests and actually just do one small thing to show solidarity with this tiny bit of rock we all live on. See you by the light switch!