I recently wrote about how we have damaged 96% of our oceans and raised the question of how on an individual level we could make a difference to help save the environment; the same question applies for the global warming: “I’m just one person, what can I do?”
The question has obviously been looming across continents, hence the birth of the WWF’s Earth Hour movement. Last year in Sydney, 2.2 million residents (over half of Sydney’s population) and 2100 businesses switched off all lights and electrical appliances simultaneously for one hour. This reduced overall electricity consumption by 10.2% — the effect was equivalent of taking 48,000 cars off the road for one hour. For safety reasons, essential city lights were kept on.
Simple, effortless and effective.
This year on March 29, the event is progressing to become a global one with 24 cities already signed-up to do the same, they include: Atlanta, San Francisco, Bangkok, Ottawa, Dublin, Tel-Aviv, Copenhagen, Manila and most major cities in Australia.
Counting all the participating cities, 30-million people are expected to be involved in this movement. Over and above that, 42,170 people have signed-up so far on an individual level along with 2,226 businesses across the world.
Has this stirred your emotions about humankind bonding to solve a global issue? Well, what are you waiting for?