Earth Hour is now the largest popular environmental movement in the world, inspiring millions of people to act for our planet and nature.
From promoting laws and policies that respect the environment to crowdfunding for a better future, YOU bring Earth Hour to life. Coordinated by WWF and other voluntary organizations, the greatest asset of ‘Earth Hour’ is the power of the people.
While the acceleration of climate change and the considerable loss of biodiversity threatens our planet, in 2020 ‘Earth Hour’ strives to generate even more a commitment of all to fight against the degradation of nature and the urgent need to create a New Deal for nature for people endorsed by political leaders, business leaders as much as by communities and individuals.
Each year, on this occasion, several million people turn off their lights, and thousands of iconic monuments plunge into the dark. From Singapore to Honolulu, via Sydney, Moscow, London, Paris, New York, 188 countries are turning off their emblematic buildings.
This year again, we invite you to reconnect with nature.
Habitat shrinkage, pollution, overfishing, invasive species, and climate change: the causes likely to push one in six species to extinction are multiple and alarming. By turning off your lights, you show that you want to reverse the decline of species. Healthy nature provides us with food, clean air, and water. It is essential to our survival. It is also one of our best allies in the fight against climate change.
Earth Hour is a grassroots movement that encourages communities to turn off their lights for an hour to demonstrate their leadership and commitment to finding solutions to environmental problems.
Citizens and businesses are therefore invited to turn off all non-essential lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.
Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, WWF, the event aims to spark conversations about the urgency to protect the planet as climate change accelerates. WWF also wants the population to become aware of its excessive material consumption. “Earth Hour” started in Australia in 2007. In 2008, the event spread to most countries.
The year 2020 represents a pivotal moment for the protection of nature. Several international events will mark this year, including two major events: the IUCN Congress in Marseille and the COP15 biodiversity in Kunming in China. States from around the world will meet to negotiate an international biodiversity agreement.
Earth Hour 2020 will raise awareness of energy saving, the efficient use of resources, the development of renewable energies, waste recycling, the fight against plastic waste, protection of wildlife.
Due to the epidemic of COVID-19, in order to ensure public health during the campaign, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment asked the central and local bodies, the people’s committees of the provinces and cities to make propaganda online, on radio and television, to develop and develop policies and projects in response to climate change and environmental protection, to strengthen environmental sanitation contributing to the prevention of epidemic and turn off all non-essential lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.
So, together, let’s mobilize and make our voices heard for nature!