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Protect The Planet This Earth Hour
Jan Harris, Assistant Editor
WWF’s Earth Hour is your chance to be part of global change. Make a personal promise to the planet, and join WWF’s big lights out today on 24 March. Last year around 9 million took part in the UK alone.

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour was founded by WWF in Sydney in 2007, and is designed to increase awareness about energy consumption and environmental issues including rising temperatures and destruction of habitats on a global scale.

Earth Hour is now celebrated in more than 180 countries and territories as a global moment of solidarity for the planet. Online, #EarthHour and related terms last year generated over 3.5 billion impressions in the run up to Earth Hour, trending in at least 30 countries worldwide on the night.

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Over 3,000 landmarks and monuments switched their lights off across 187 countries during Earth Hour 2017. The world’s biggest landmarks - Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Shard and Edinburgh Castle – switch off lights as a visual display of their commitment too.

The movement has been a game-changer for popularizing climate and environmental action across the globe. As global biodiversity declines at an unprecedented rate, Earth Hour will focus its efforts on galvanizing mainstream support for action on biodiversity and nature.

"Earth Hour is a testament to the power of a simple idea to inspire people to take action to protect the Earth. As we take an hour to reflect on the vital role that biodiversity and nature play in our lives, let this be the spark that galvanises action for transformation to a more sustainable future,” said Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

“The CBD Secretariat is delighted to be working with WWF, and with people all over the world to build a movement where people and communities make a personal connection with Earth. The reflections, conversations and actions we start today will help protect biodiversity at the local, national and global levels, and lead us on a journey of living in harmony with nature.”

Make a promise for the planet

WWF this Earth Year would like everyone to make a simple change to their everyday lives or organisations to reduce the environmental footprint.

Simple changes can be made in our everyday life and collectively will make a big impact on the planet.

Reducing the temperature of your wash is an easy way to make a more environmentally friendly decision and reduce costs on energy bills. By reducing the temperature by just 10 degrees from 40⁰ to 30⁰ can save around half (57%) of the energy used per laundry cycle.

Every plastic bag, every disposable coffee cup, every plastic straw we refuse helps protect our oceans, our planet, our home!





For more information go to: www.wwf.org.uk/ or www.earthhour.org/ or www.connect2earth.org

Join in on Twitter with the hashtag #Connect2Earth and #EarthHourUK

Protect The Planet This Earth Hour, 24th March 2018, 9:00 AM