What is Earth Hour?

WWF’s Earth Hour is the world’s biggest movement to protect our planet.

 

Every year hundreds of millions of people around the world in more than 7,000 cities in over 190 countries take part by switching off for 60 minutes as a symbolic gesture of solidarity to show they care about our planet's future.

 

This year, Earth Hour is at 8.30pm local time Saturday 27 March. We're inviting all Australians to make the #SwitchforNature to demonstrate their support for the switch to a renewables-based economy for Australia. Individual actions can benefit our planet, while symbolically demonstrating support for a renewable future for our country, and for the world. 

 

You could:

- Switch to solar power.
- Switch your ride
- Or just #SwitchOff your lights for Earth Hour to show your support for Australia becoming a renewables powerhouse.

 

If you're representing a group, look to our dedicated pages to find out how you can take part. We have resources to help individuals, schools, businesses and communities make the most of Earth Hour.

 

Will you join the movement? Let us know if you’ll be switching off for Earth Hour on Saturday 27 March 2021 at 8:30pm local time, and joining millions of people to make the #SwitchforNature.

 

Get involved

Earth Hour: Over 10 Years of Impact

Did you know Earth Hour was started right here in Sydney in 2007?

 

Since then, Earth Hour has become a global movement for change and in 2017 we were proud to celebrate 10 years of Earth Hour. 

 

Take a look at the impact Earth Hour has made on climate change action all over the world during the last decade.

 

Our actions today can change our tomorrow.

Earth Hour around the world

  • Arctic fox, Russia © Dmitry Deshevykh / WWF-Russia

    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.

  • Close up of hands planting tree, Uganda © WWF / Simon Rawles

    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 2,700 hectares of degraded land.

  • Southern right whale diving, Argentina © naturepl.com / Gabriel Rojo / WWF

    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.

  • Portrait of a Giant tortoise in captivity, Galapagos, Ecuador © Carlos Drews / WWF

    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.

  • Solar panels on their roof. Sydney © Adam Oswell / WWF

    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.
         

  • Solar Buddy lights. Courtesy of MacGregor State High School.

    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 students in-need with their studies, as well as replacing carbon-intensive kerosene lamps.

    Since 2018, the program has been supporting communities in Papua New Guinea.

Earth Hour Partners

Earth Hour and WWF-Australia gratefully acknowledge the support we receive from our partners.  

 

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