Go Beyond the Hour for Earth Hour 2014
Saturday at 8:30pm, show your support and join hundreds of millions of people across the globe in switching off your lights for one hour – Earth Hour, the world’s largest public environmental action. By taking part in this global ‘lights out’ event you we will be celebrating with the people of the world your commitment to the one thing we all have in common – the planet.
Earth Hour was created with the idea that a diverse group of communities, governments, corporations and nongovernmental organizations can join together to heighten awareness about climate change and to inspire consumers and businesses to take practical actions to reduce their own carbon footprints. Cities around the world joined together to literally turn off the lights for one hour to symbolize their commitment to leading more sustainable lives and finding climate change solutions.
Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative – in Sydney, Australia – in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7001 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories across all 7 continents planning to switch off their lights for Earth Hour 2014. In 2011, Earth Hour marked the start of something new – going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action on climate change and with the power of social networks behind the Earth Hour message, the hope is to attract even more participation so we can build a truly global community committed to creating a more sustainable planet.
Earth Hour is organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries/territories, it’s one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth’s natural environment and build a future where people live in harmony with nature. Visit the WWF site
Earth Hour UAE began in 2009, with participation from businesses and individuals in only Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The number of participants has increased dramatically in the last few years as seen in 2012, as thousands of individuals took part across all seven emirates. There was also great participation by some key landmarks across the country with the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Yas Marina, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Fujairah Fort to name just a few, who switched off their lights for an hour.
In the UAE, Earth Hour 2014 is being held at 8.30pm on Saturday 29 March, 2014, where there will be lots of opportunities to get involved and take part in this worldwide movement.
In the meantime you can keep up-to-date with all the latest Earth Hour news by visiting the international website: www.earthhour.org