There is lots of negativity in the world, much to be concerned about and troubling news appearing hourly on TV and all our social media feeds. But there are people who continue to make a difference, individually and as part of community. Here are some items that made me hopeful this week.
There is no doubt that the climate crisis is looming and that we need to take action quickly and decisively. It is easy to fall into the belief that one person can’t make a difference and start to feel hopeless. But take heart because there are lots of things that we can do individually to make a difference – and even more that we can do when many people decided to do one little thing- together.
The World Wildlife Fund launched the first Earth Hour event in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Since then it has grown into an international campaign with millions of people participating.
Every year and everywhere, at 8:30 pm on the last Saturday of March, millions of people across the world join in raising awareness of the nature crises facing our planet.
It’s not just a symbol of support — it’s a catalyst for urgent change because Earth Hour is about more than 60 minutes. It’s a movement for our future.
Join millions of people around the world on Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 pm local time to let leaders know we want action on climate change and biodiversity loss.
It’s time to make nature matter.
Earth Hour: Keep the Momentum Going
The worldwide participation is encouraging and powerful – but we need to take action all year round.
Taking place against the backdrop of challenging times, Earth Hour – thanks to your support – provided a moment of solidarity, of unity, and a reminder that we must work together to look after each other and the one home we all share.
Let’s keep the momentum going ’til Earth Hour 2023 next year – 25 March, 8:30 pm local time! After all, Earth Hour isn’t only about committing for one hour on one day – it’s about committing every day to take care of our planet and each other
Go Beyond the Hour: Keep the Momentum Going
Keep the momentum on climate change going.
Follow these suggestions from the Earth Hour Org. Learn more about each of these recommendations on their page Beyond The Hour.
The page includes specific actions that you can take to achieve each one of these goals and more that you can do.
Eat more sustainably
Food production is the single biggest threat to nature today. It has caused 75% of deforestation and at least 24% of global greenhouse gas emissions, especially from livestock.
Waste less food
Food for thought: we throw away 1/3rd of all the food we buy.
Transport accounts for around a quarter of CO2 emissions globally. Climate change isn’t going anywhere unless we change how we get everywhere.
Over 8 million tonnes pollute our waters every year, and if current trends continue, our oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050
Of all the water on Earth, just 2.5% is fresh water – and it’s this limited supply that farming, industry, and all eight billion of us depend on.
Most of us, especially in developed countries, take energy for granted and don’t notice how much we use at home.
Protect natural spaces
While nature and the outdoors provide a healthy escape for us, we must not forget that they’re homes to countless species of plants and animals.
Be a conscious consumer
With every purchase you make, you have the incredible power to either demand and support positive change OR continue funding unsustainable products and practices – so choose wisely.
Spread the word
Organizations like [EarthHour.org] can only reach so many people. They need community champions if we are to stand a chance at getting all 8 billion of us to take care of our one home and each other. Your voice is one of the most powerful tools you have, so use it!
The state of our world and the issues we face are constantly changing – but so too are our latest efforts, discoveries, and innovations to overcome them. Staying informed is therefore one of the most important things you can do to commit to positive change. After all, awareness is the first step before action.