Lights go out around the world for 10th anniversary of Earth Hour

Janie Parker
March 27, 2017

Members of the WWF-Philippines National Youth Council led the Earth Hour Camp, which included various activities and booths on nature conservation and disaster management. The objective of the initiative is to encourage individuals, businesses, and governments around the world to become more conscious of their ecological footprint and engage in dialog to seek real solutions to our growing environmental challenges.

This year marked the tenth anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund's campaign which started as a symbolic event in Sydney in 2007.

"We're incredibly proud that the Earth Hour movement was conceived at the Hilton Sydney almost 10 years ago", said Maxime Verstraete, vice president of corporate responsibility, Hilton.

Thousands of residents of B.C. will join people around the world in turning off their lights and powering down electronics for Earth Hour 2017.

Tonight at 8:30 p.m. BC Hydro is encouraging British Columbians to power off for 60 minutes for Earth Hour's 10th annual event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund.

Supporters have helped lobby for climate change legislation, established a forest in Uganda and helped restore ocean ecosystems.

Colin Butfield, director of campaigns at WWF, said: "Today, hundreds of millions of people will be showing global unity on climate change during Earth Hour".

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In observance of the Earth Hour, Pakistan will also keep prominent landmarks and buildings' lights off during the half-hour. Shutting off light for one hour a year doesn't prevent global warming.

By taking part you'll send a strong message that you want action on climate change to protect the planet. Just remember: small things can make a big impact!

Climate change is depressing stuff, but as Earth Hour demonstrated on Saturday, millions of people understand that humans must change their ways if we have any hope of preserving our home.

Last year, Dubai witnessed a 222MWh reduction in the consumption of electricity, and a reduction of 96 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions during Earth Hour.

"We live in an era of climate responsibility; climate change is a certainty, as is the human responsibility for it", added the release.

In 2015, B.C. saved 15 megawatt hours of electricity during Earth Hour.

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