10 years of progress

A lot has happened since we first switched off in 2007! Here are Earth Hour's big wins that have helped change climate change and 10 great Aussie ideas that could help solve climate change. To #jointhefuture, here are tips for how we can change the way we live for a cleaner and brighter future.

Join the future by changing the way you live

Australians consume a lot more per person than in many other countries. The food, energy and water we use, the timber and plastics that we depend upon – everything we do uses natural resources and produces waste. The measure of this impact on the environment is called our ecological footprint.

Making simple changes in our daily lives – at home, in our shopping choices and even how we travel – can reduce your carbon footprint and save you money too.

See how you can reduce your ecological footprint by adopting new habits that are softer on the environment.

Change the way you live

Earth Hour Around The World

  • PROTECTING SEAS AND WILDLIFE IN RUSSIA

    In 2012, Russia legislated to protect its seas from oil pollution after receiving 120,000 petition signatures as part of Earth Hour’s ‘I Will If You Will’ Challenge.

    Since then, Earth Hour has been used by WWF-Russia to push for a commercial logging ban in protected forests, a moratorium on new oil fields in the Arctic and fundraise for the conservation of animals.

  • EARTH HOUR FOREST IN UGANDA

    According to the UN, Uganda loses 6000 hectares of forest each month. To halt this, WWF-Uganda in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank, The National Forestry Authority and local communities established an Earth Hour Forest in 2013. WWF-Uganda aims to plant half a million indigenous trees across 2700 hectares of degraded land.

  • MARINE PARKS IN ARGENTINA

    In 2013, Earth Hour helped in the creation of a 3.4-million-hectare marine park in Argentina. Known as the Banco Namuncurá, this marine protected area has significant natural and cultural value.

    The marine park was a result of the Fundacion Vida Silvestre, Patagonia Natural and the Wildlife Conservation Society, using Earth Hour to mobilise public support for the legislative bill.

  • BAN ON PLASTICS IN THE GALAPAGOS

    In 2014, an alliance of organisations campaigned under Earth Hour’s banner to raise awareness of the impacts of disposable plastic bags in the Galapagos. By the end of the year, the Government passed a resolution to ban plastic bags and styrofoam from the Islands.

    The win is expected to reduce the harmful impacts of plastics on the Galapagos’ unique animals.

  • COMMUNITY SOLAR ON THE SOUTH COAST

    In 2014, Annette Kennewell attended Camp Earth Hour at Heron Island for community leaders, and went on to organise the People’s Climate Picnic in Moruya (NSW South Coast). She also helped establish the South Coast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA) which is working on a community solar bulk buy for Eurobodalla homes and businesses.

    By 2017, SHASA will have 50 PV systems installed in the community.

  • SHINING A LIGHT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

    In 2017, Earth Hour Australia partnered with Solar Buddy to provide 500 portable lights to rural communities in Ethiopia. These lights were assembled by students, teachers, corporate partners, and staff. Charged by the sun, they provide many hours of light to help in-need students with their studies and replace carbon-intensive kerosene lamps.

    In 2018, the program is looking to support communities in Papua New Guinea.

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  • New ways with food

    By 2050, it is estimated that global food food will increase by 50%, presenting a great challenge to develop more sustainable methods to feed the planet.

    In Port Augusta, SA, a 20-ha greenhouse is growing tomatoes using hydroponics, and sunlight to produce freshwater from saltwater. No need for soil, and pesticide free.

  • Waste-to-energy

    Each year we generate over 50 million tonnes of garbage.

    An Australian company EarthPower has found a way to capture methane from food waste, which can be used to produce electricity. This reduces the amount of waste going into landfill, generates green electricity, and the nutrient-rich product left behind makes high-quality fertiliser!

  • E-waste recycling

    Did you know that about 95% of the components in your old mobile phone can be recycled?

    Companies such as MobileMuster offer a free service for the recycling of old mobile phones and accessories. Since the program began in the 1990s it has helped recycle more than 10 million handsets.

  • Cool ways to cool

    Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units are one of the highest consumers of energy in buildings.

    One cool tech by IP Kinetic uses waste-water to cool the air before it enters existing AC units, reducing the energy needed to cool the air by half, reducing carbon emissions and extending the unit’s lifetime.

  • Home energy management

    These days you can monitor anything with your smart phone, including your household energy consumption, using a Household Energy Management system (HEMs) app!

    Many apps are available in the market, including Wattwatchers Auditors, and Eddy home energy app by CSIRO and HabiDapt, which allow people to monitor their energy usage real-time their mobile, switch on and off remotely, and potentially save money on your electricity bills..

  • Seaweed magic

    CSIRO have also found a way to reduce the production of methane - one of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases - in cattle production. By mixing atype of seaweed t grown easily in Queensland into the cattle’s diet, they reduced methane production by 99%. That’s right, they found a way to make cows burp and fart less methane.

  • New types of Batteries

    Batteries and storage systems are potentially the answer to help stabilise distributed solar energy generation: the key is to make them as cheap and efficient as possible.

    New batteries such as aluminium-graphene batteries are poised to disrupt the traditional lithium-ion battery market. These batteries have the potential to offer more power, more storage, and lower recharging times.

  • Wave energy

    Harnessing wave energy could potentially contribute 11% of Australia's energy needs by 2050.

    Companies such as Carnegie Wave in WA have convert ocean energy into renewable power as well as produce freshwater through desalination.

  • Ocean cleaning

    In 2015, Perth best mates and surfers Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski came up with Seabin, a sustainable solution for marina docks pollution by designing an automated rubbish and oil bin with a pump. The Seabin Project is now in production and n could reach 17 markets in late 2017.

  • Staying ahead in solar technology

    How about printing some solar power? CSIRO and the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium have been developing thin, flexible and lightweight solar cells using printable ‘solar ink’. These innovative new solar cells will be able to be used in windows and even consumer packaging.