Switch off your lights tonight
24 March, 2018, 12:00 am
Earth Hour 2018 switch-off will take place on Saturday 24 March at 8:30 p.m. Started as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007, WWF’s Earth Hour has grown to become the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring individuals, communities, businesses and organisations to take tangible climate action for over a decade.
Now in its eleventh year, Earth Hour has gone beyond the hour and achieved massive environmental impacts around the world by harnessing the power of the crowd. Riding on the momentum of the Paris Agreement for COP21, Earth Hour 2017 was the biggest one yet with more than 180 countries and territories participating in #ChangeClimateChange.
Today, as accelerating climate change and staggering biodiversity loss threaten the planet, WWF wants to leverage the momentum and energy of the Earth Hour movement to connect people to Earth.
For the next three years, Earth Hour has partnered with the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) to help shine a light on Aichi Target 1 which states that: By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.
From 2018-2020, Earth Hour aims to engage hundreds of millions of people to make them better informed and aware, so they can take actions to protect biodiversity and nature, live more sustainably and expect the same of businesses and their governments.
Earth Hour has always been about the power of individuals to be a part of global conversations and solutions for our planet. Connect2Earth is a call for people worldwide to connect with the environmental issues and causes that they personally care about. This Earth Hour, we invite people around the world to “spark” never-before conversations on the loss of nature around them. It is the first step toward creating the global momentum we need to steer the planet away from a path of staggering biodiversity or nature loss.