Earth Hour 2016: Our Time to #ChangeClimateChange

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


This year's Earth Hour will be on March 19, 2016 at 8:30 PM. Join the worldwide movement by switching off your lights to help #ChangeClimateChange

Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement being spearheaded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to unite people to take action for the planet.  It aims to engage a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues.  The first-ever Earth Hour lights-off event happened in Sydney, Australia in 2007.  Since then, it has grown to engage hundreds of millions of supporters, individuals and organizations alike, in more than 7,000 cities and towns in over 172 countries and territories around the world. The City Government of Makati (where I work) is a staunch advocate of this worldwide environmental campaign. 

As the world's first open-source climate change campaign, Earth Hour has inspired millions worldwide to take action for our dear planet and help change climate change. 

As we all know, the historic COP 21 Paris Climate Summit in 2015 marked a milestone in the global efforts on climate change.  Coincidentally, 2016 is also the 10th year of the lights off event. 

Now, how can individuals and groups participate? Earth Hour.org has tons of suggestions for everyone. Turning off the lights is just the beginning! Holding picnics or dinners in the dark with loved ones and friends, chit-chatting outside the house, jogging or cycling  (if you are a bike enthusiast), and recycling activities are just some of the easy ways you can do to express your support for Earth Hour.  At home, we use it as a bonding time with the kids. We tell them stories, we sing together, goof around or munch on our favorite snacks. 

Inspired to take your support to the next level, head on to www.earthhour.org to support people-driven, innovative projects that provide solutions to change climate change.  Whether it's saving the world's most endangered cat in Portugal, fighting forest fires in Indonesia or lighting up villages in Philippines with renewable energy - change starts with you!

Read my previous Earth Hour blog posts  HERE and HERE.

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