Why the Wi-Fi Symbol?
Did you know that Wi-Fi was invented in Australia? Since then, the Wi-Fi connect symbol has become instantly recognisable. Whether it’s at a cafe, the airport, or at the shops, we look out for this symbol whenever we want to connect to a Wi-Fi network.
Earth Hour aims to spark conversations about what it takes to protect our planet. And it starts by connecting to nature. So, this year, we’re asking you to connect to the living network of all things: Australia’s precious natural environment.
Our 2021 artwork is designed to highlight climate issues and also connect to the things we enjoy from nature, like food, clean air, a stable climate and healthy oceans.
The ask is to make the #SwitchforNature and join the movement for a renewables future.
Climate change affects our bushfire seasons, coral bleaching, food production when there’s little rain and water scarcity, and drives home the need to transition to clean energy.
2021: The new super year for the environment
2020 was set to be the biggest year yet for the United Nations. So big, that it was being called the “super year” for the environment. In response to the pandemic, the year’s schedule of important global meetings on environmental policy was put on hold to allow leaders to focus on slowing the spread of COVID-19.
2021 is the new super year for the environment. The catastrophic events of 2020 - the bushfires emergency and then the pandemic - have made it clear that our future and the future of our planet are intrinsically linked and both are under threat. What we do to the planet - we do to ourselves.
The meetings held this year are even more important in the wake of the pandemic, as countries work together to recover. These meetings are our opportunity to persuade global leaders to respond to the pandemic in a way that prioritises people and nature.
- High-Level Political Forum, 6-15 July 2021, New York, USA
- 76th UN General Assembly (UNGA), 14-30 September 2021, New York, USA
- UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-15), 17 May 2021, Kunming, China
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-26), 1-12 November 2021, Glasgow, Scotland
The future’s at stake and we are going to need our world’s leaders to act with urgency if we’re to save the one home we all share. Australia has the opportunity to support a sustainable global recovery by investing in a renewables future. Make the switch for nature this Earth Hour to support Australia’s switch to a renewables-based economy.
Take part in the biggest Earth Hour ever, with millions of people in 190 countries taking part to make the #SwitchforNature.
#SwitchOff and make this a super year!