Earth Hour 2013 – Hour for our Planet

The global movement to protect the planet, Earth Hour 2013, will take place on 23 March 2013, between 8.30PM and 9.30PM in your local time zone, for the seventh time since 2007. The campaign aims to encourage an interconnected global community to share the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainable world.

Earth Hour is a global movement uniting communities from across the world to celebrate people’s commitment to the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour. Towards the end of March every year, its participants voluntary show their commitment to an act of change that benefits the planet.

The campaign encourages individuals, businesses and governments to show leadership on environmental solutions through their actions, to use Earth Hour as a platform to showcase to the world what measures they are taking to reduce their environmental impact.

“If we start acting now for climate changes, then we can still be in for a bright future. But it is important that each and every one of us continues to fight against climate change, and what it does to our world,” said Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, in her addressing to the audience, inviting everyone to participate in Earth Hour.

At the rate we use Earth’s resources; we will need 1.5 planets to sustain us. By engaging in Earth Hour, we acknowledge the big ecological footprint we are leaving and show our support to commit to do something more for the planet that goes beyond the hour.

By switching off your lights for Earth Hour you are joining the global community that is concerned about the environment and ready to make changes for its improvement. This one symbolic hour is just a reminder of what you can do to protect your planet and an initiative to change your habits for the future.

“Because the engagement of every single one of us counts. Because the actions of every single one of us will make the difference. For a start, you could turn off your lights. This certainly is not The solution, but it is a reminder, and a good opportunity for you to stop and think,” said Hedegaard.

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Earth Hour began as a WWF-led initiative in Sidney, Australia in 2007 in partnership with brand co-owners, Fairfax Media and Leo Burnett. On March 31 2007, more than 2.2 million individuals and 2,000 businesses turned their lights out for one hour in the first Earth Hour event, to show their support for climate change action.

In 2012, Earth Hour took place in more than 7001 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories across all seven continents, having more than 2 billion participants. Earth Hour 2013 will mark the seventh year of the campaign.

Since Earth Hour is more than just those 60 minutes, in order to inspire participating individuals, communities and businesses to take action beyond the hour, in 2012 WWF launched the I Will If You Will campaign in collaboration with YouTube to provide a platform to inspire people to share their commitment to the planet with their friends, colleagues, leaders and networks.

Anyone who wants to make this planet better can participate in Earth Hour. The support from partner organizations and NGOs is highly desirable in order to engage communities on environmental issues and encourage individuals to spread the Earth Hour message.

Earth Hour also encourages and promotes many other initiatives around the world, including the Earth Hour City Challenge, the Earth Hour People’s Projects and many national and local actions that take the campaign beyond the hour.

This year, the world’s first Earth Hour Forest will take place in the East African nation of Uganda, to fight against the 6,000 hectares of deforestation that occurs in the country every month.

“I would like to invite you to participate in Earth Hour. For one hour, on Saturday on 23rd of March, starting at 8:30 at the evening, you will have time to think about what YOU can do to secure a world you like, with a climate you like,” said Hedegaard.

Environmental Topics is participating in the Earth Hour campaign by spreading the Earth Hour message and raising awareness on environmental issues.

Watch the official Earth Hour 2013 video: