Earth Hour 2017
Posted by Peter MUIR
This weekend is Earth Hour (8:30pm on 25 March 2017), a global event that sees millions of people, businesses, and landmarks switch off their lights as well as host events aimed at raising awareness about climate change.
Getting involved in Earth Hour is certainly something that people should consider getting involved in, but the organiser do not want you to stop there. This event is not simply about turning off appliances and lights. As promoted on the event’s website, it is a movement pushing for ongoing action and climate consciousness. It is advocating for ongoing change. The phrase ‘Earth hour – every hour’ perhaps best sums up these ideas. What we must ensure is that switching lights off for one hour does not result in making people feel they are doing something for the environment, while in reality the amount of carbon emissions reduced by the earth hour is negligible. We need to aim for ongoing, consistent steps to reduce our impact.
So, while you are encouraged to get involved this coming weekend and make some noise for climate change action, you are more so encouraged to get involved in ongoing action. The same can be said for those who participates in ‘Lights Out’ here at DC last week – ongoing action is the goal here!