Join the revolution, fight against Global Warming
1. What is Earth Hour?
– Earth Hour is World Wildlife Fund’s global initiative where individuals, businesses and governments turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change.
– Earth Hour is a symbolic event designed to engage people from all walks of life in the climate change discussion to send a strong message to our political leaders that we want them to take meaningful action on climate change.
– The largest climate event in history where millions of people around the world will unite by turning off their lights for one hour, Earth Hour, to demand action on the climate crisis.
2. When is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour 2009 takes place on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm local time.
Just like New Year’s Eve, Earth Hour will travel from time zone to time zone starting at 8:30 pm in New Zealand.
3. Which cities have signed up for Earth Hour?
Already cities in more than 80 countries around the world have committed to Earth Hour 2009, including Mumbai and New Delhi. Satellite Earth Hours will also be observed in Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Amritsar.
4. What do we hope to accomplish through Earth Hour 2009?
– Through Earth Hour, WWF hopes to create political momentum for enacting national climate legislation and a global climate treaty.
– Through Earth Hour, WWF will continue to educate and raise awareness about the climate crisis and offer ideas and solutions that people can merge into their daily lives.
– Through Earth Hour, WWF aims to unify people’s voices from around the world who are demanding action form our elected officials to solve the climate crisis.
5. What happened during Earth Hour in 2008?
– Earth Hour 2008 was an important step in the fight against climate change. Over 50 million people, representing over 400 cities on all seven continents, turned out their lights in the largest climate event of all time.
– The movement captured the public’s imagination with lights going out at some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House, Bangkok’s Wat Arun Buddhist temple, the Coliseum in Rome, Stockholm’s Royal Castle, London’s City Hall, New York’s Empire State Building, Sears Tower in Chicago and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Other symbols going dark included Cola-Cola’s famous billboard in Times Square and the Google homepage.
6. Who can participate in Earth Hour?
Anyone. Earth Hour is an inclusive event and everyone is invited to participate. WWF will provide tools online to enable any town, community, school, individual or organisation to be part of the event.
7. Why is Earth Hour at 8:30 pm this year instead of 8 pm?
As the campaign has grown from one city in one country to a truly global campaign, the time has been moved to allow the maximum number of cities around the world to be suitably dark for the lights out campaign to have greater visual impact. Earth Hour is held around the spring equinox, which ensures nearly equal sunset times in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
8. Do I have to turn off all of my electricity for Earth Hour?
Not at all. Through Earth Hour we are asking people to turn off all non-essential lighting. Emergency lighting, televisions and computers can stay on for the hour. The main point of Earth Hour is to unite people, companies and governments around the world through the symbolic flip of a switch. Earth Hour in itself will not lower our carbon footprint, rather, it sends a signal to those in positions of power that we as individuals and communities demand action.
The decision on which lights to turn off can be made individually, but it usually involves shutting overhead lights in rooms (whether it is your house or a business), outdoor lighting that does not impact safety, computers, decorative lights, neon signs for advertising, televisions, desk lamps, etc.
9. Will my city go completely black?
Earth Hour is not a black-out. It is a voluntary power shutdown of non-essential, decorative lighting by its participants. For businesses in city skyscrapers or for government buildings, it involves turning off the lights at the end of the business day the Friday before Earth Hour and not turning them back on until that Monday morning. So the event will be more of a fadeout to gray than an abrupt shift to black.
There is usually no instant dramatic difference, but rather a gradual power shutdown starting the day prior.
Earth Hour means turning off non-essential lighting only. Lights necessary for public safety will not go out.
10. Why is WWF dealing with climate change?
WWF is committed to saving the planet’s most threatened habitats and species, including tigers, rhinos, elephants and polar bears. To do this effectively, WWF must focus on the most imminent threats, climate change being an overarching issue for all of them.
Simply put, climate change is a game changer. It threatens to undo the great progress we’ve been making in conserving the world’s most important and most threatened regions and animals.