Celebrate 10 years of climate action this Earth Hour

Published by Catherine O'Toole on

22nd March 2017

This year Earth Hour is celebrating its 10th anniversary. It will see people all around the globe simultaneously taking action against climate change. Earth Hour is not a single event, but a movement. For this hour every year, people from all over the globe take action to make a positive impact on the environment.

The movement has grown from a single city in 2007, to 178 countries and territories worldwide taking part in 2016. Lights on over 400 iconic landmarks were switched off, and over 6600 events took place.

This year the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are asking everyone to switch their lights off once more for Earth Hour which begins Saturday at 8.30pm. You can also take part by donating your Facebook feed or changing your profile picture through the Earth Hour website.

There are also lots of events happening to celebrate the night. Listen out for the Clarion Call as churches and cathedrals from different faiths throughout Ireland ring out their bells as a call to action. The Dark Sky Reserve in Kerry will be hosting a star gazing event on the night, and schools have been busy with Earth Hour projects. This Friday in Dublin you can begin the celebrations early by Dancing in the Dark as a pre-party for Earth Hour kicks off with a dimly lit bang.

So visit the Earth Hour website, join in with a local event, but most importantly…turn off your lights!

Earth Hour takes place this Saturday 25th March , 8.30 – 9.30pm.

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Catherine O'Toole

Catherine is a contributor to the Green News. She has a BA in Photography from DIT and has a keen interest in conservation photography.