Earth is a home that we all share, and we are aware of the fact that rapid climate change is a potential threat to it. To protect this planet, each year an hour is observed as Earth Hour in which all unnecessary lights are switched off for 60 minutes on a Saturday of March from 08.30 PM to 09:30 PM. It might seem to be a small action but it has a mighty impact on nature and biodiversity. Also it urges people across the globe to show their commitment and resolve to save this planet by actions. The Earth Hour is celebrated under the guidelines of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) since 2007 and every year it has a different theme for a collective action.
History of Earth Hour
The roots of Earth Hour are almost 10 years old when World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Australia took up the issue of climate change with public engagement. Then the idea of large scale switch-off was conceived and developed and the first Earth Hour was observed on March 31, 2007 in Sydney at 07:30 PM, local time. Since then, the event has been held worldwide every year and now it is observed in more than 178 territories of the world.
10 Years of Impact
In these 10 years, Earth Hour has achieved so much from pushing for climate-friendly laws to lighting up homes and lives with solar energy and fuel efficient stoves. From moments to movement, it has made a massive, positive impact for our planet with amazing results all over. It has shown that together for one cause how we can change the climate change.
Earth Hour 2017 | Shine a Light on Climate Action
This year’s theme of Earth Hour focus more on switching-on the climate action rather than symbolic switch-off. It pushes us to switch-off lights and switch-on our social power to shed a light on climate action being an active campaigner. It’s time for #ChangeClimateChange and our future depends on how well we can tackle the reality of climate change.
For this we all must have to incorporate three R’s – Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling – into our lifestyle. It will lower the need of landfills by decreasing the amount of waste produced. By helping our Earth to Zero Waste environment that allows us to conserve our precious resources, reduce consumption, and that ever-growing, hazardous effects of carbon.
Earth Hour in Pakistan
World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF – Pakistan) has officially inaugurated Earth Hour (EH) 2017 at Alliance Francaise de Karachi by unveiling its celebrity ambassadors for the largest volunteer movement across the world. Renowned actor and model Adnan Malik, the most popular VJ and host Anoushey Ashraf and leading actor, radio host and singer Khalid Malik are celebrity ambassadors for Earth Hour 2017 in Pakistan.
WWF – Pakistan has gone an extra mile ahead and presented the three simple actions that go beyond the hour and which should be adopted as part of our lifestyle.
- Switch-off Extra Lights: This not only saves power but helps conserve water as well so it should be practiced throughout the year.
- Plant an Indigenous Tree: Avoid exotic species which don’t support our ecosystem. Indigenous species are attuned to our soil type, help clean our air and provide a home to our bird species.
- Say No to Plastic Bags: Plastics are a major chunk of our solid waste and pose a threat to our wildlife as well.
Earth Hour is not about just one hour or not solely about switching off lights. It is all about a sense of realization that we have to save our planet by actions that can change the situation for our future generations. We all must act as a responsible global citizen because our environment is not confined to geographical boundaries.