Earth Hour 2020: pause with the world

Siobháin Spear
Mar 26, 2020

The 60 minutes will be observed on March 28 between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

With COVID-19 putting the planet on ‘pause’, many of us have had more time to reassess what we are truly grateful for and more time to reflect on all those things we so often take for granted — things that have always been in easy reach, such as travel, family and the great outdoors.

Now, more than ever, as we socially distance or self-isolate from our colleagues and family, we are learning that sometimes even the world’s biggest problems can be solved if we act together and act now. So as we sit tight in our apartments and homes to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus, let’s think about the bigger picture. Let’s think about the state of our planet and what we can be doing in unison as Earth Hour approaches on March 28. Let’s take an hour — 60 short minutes — to focus on something that we can control if we take collective action.

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is an annual event where millions of people around the world join together to turn off lights, unplug electrical appliances and celebrate sustainability in a bid to solve the ever-growing problem of global warming. Many businesses and many countries go to great lengths in celebrating Earth Hour, but this year will be rather different.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the World Wildlife Fund confirmed that it is “advising that Earth Hour is celebrated digitally this year”.

“There are many ways to encourage participation online or at home so your communities can show support for the planet on and around the hour,” the group said on its website. As such, we encourage you to take the time to join the digital movement and do your bit for the world.

How to join Earth Hour 2020

While the pandemic may put a slight dampener on the Saturday night celebrations that were set to happen around the world, there are so many ways that you can still show your support for Earth Hour, which will be observed between 8.30pm and 9.30pm (local time) no matter where you are in the world. During this time, you should turn off your lights and unplug electronics. Here are handful of ideas that can stir up some Earth Hour inspiration ahead of Saturday evening:

  • Sign the Voice for the Planet petition
  • Use your social media channels to inform and encourage others to join Earth Hour and inform people about the state of our planet.
  • Plan a candlelit dinner with those you are living with
  • Create a candlelit games night
  • Take time out for candlelit yoga or meditation

Whether you want to take part in Earth Hour online or at home, make sure you explore the live streams, the TikTok challenges and all the other ways that people will be digitally celebrating Earth Hour 2020.

Why we need to act

Earth Hour is not just about saving energy; after all, it is just one hour in a year. However, it is significant in raising awareness and initiating the individual accountability and responsibility we have towards nature. Everything counts; what you do counts.

More than just 60-minutes of giving energy saving, Earth Hour is a symbol of unity, hope and the collective power in acting together to save our planet.

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