The last Saturday of the month of March every year is a very special day for the entire world. From 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM local time, is observed as the Earth Hour. It is a global event which is organized by the World Wildlife Fund also known as the WWF. The intention of the Earth Hour is to create awareness towards the climate.
Taking this into consideration, all the non-essential lights and/or electrical appliances are switched off for one hour. The first Earth Hour was conceived by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007. Taking the seriousness of the event, manycountries started following the same practice. Today, the Earth Hour is observed by all the continents on the earth.
In the 2009 Earth Hour was held on March 28 – the last Saturday. 96 countries on 6 continents participated in this constructive event. The increase for the support of Earth Hour can be gauged from the fact that last year, in 2010, 126 morecountries participated in the Earth Hour – 30 more countries than in 2009.
In 2010, the Earth Hour was observed on March 27. However, in Israel, the Earth Hour was observed on April 22, 2010.
The lessened electricity usage was also measured during the Earth Hour. Around 73.34 megawatts of energy is equivalent to emitting 41.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide. This was the estimation in Thailand.
This year’s – 2011’s Earth Hour will be observed on March 26 from 8.30 PM in India. India is also an actively supporting country of the Earth Hour and believes that the decrease is electricity is a must towards saving the environment. The decline in the emitting of gases is going to help the human cause up to some extent.
“See the difference you can make” and “Dark city, bright idea” were some of the taglines used by various participating organizations in the Earth Hour.
Please participate in Earth Hour!!!