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Earth Hour 2019 observed across the world

Date: 01 April 2019 Tags: Climate Change, Conventions

The Earth Hour 2019 was observed on March 30, 2019 (Saturday) at 8:30 pm local time to take a global call on climate change. It was thirteenth edition of Earth Hour and to mark this day, cities worldwide turned their lights off for one hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time. The campaign of Earth Hour 2019 was ‘#Connect2Earth’. It was aimed at building mass awareness on importance of nature and create unstoppable movement for nature similar to when the world came together to tackle climate change.

Earth Hour

  • It is global environmental event started in Sydney Australia by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 2007 and went global with time.
  • It aims at encouraging people, government offices, workplaces, and other urban centres to turn off their non-essential light and equipments to save energy in a symbolic call for environmental protection sustainable energy.
  • Its goal is to raise awareness for sustainable energy use and create more environmentally sustainable lifestyle.
  • It is organized every year in the month of March which is time of the autumn and spring equinoxes in both the hemispheres.
  • It is because the sunset time in Northern and Southern Hemisphere coincides ensuring greatest visual impact for this global light out event.
  • Since its launch in 2007, it has grown into popular annual event with citizens of 187 countries across the globe observing hour of refraining from use of non-essential lighting.
  • Its organisers claims that it is world’s largest grassroots movement for climate change and only event of the year when maximum number of people around the world participate in single movement to turn off non-essential lights for an hour