Joining in Earth Hour 2016: the power of individuals to change the world

The world of blogging is becoming a strong industry in spreading the word about products and services to the masses. As a blogger myself, I can fully appreciate companies recognising the influence our words have on our readers and followers. Today, I’d like to spread the word about a campaign I’m personally passionate about and if you aren’t already, think you should know about and get involved with.

Disclaimer: All photos, unless otherwise stated, are the property of WWF’s Earth Hour and have been shared from the Earth Hour Facebook page to raise awareness for climate change.

WWF’s Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and is an annual global celebration where people switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the future of our planet. It is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. Since then it has grown to engage more than 172 countries and territories worldwide. This year, Earth Hour 2016 was held on 19 March 2016 at 8:30pm local time.

Preparing for Earth Hour 2016

Watching an Earth Hour ad (above) with the lights off

Earth Hour is more than an event; it is a movement that has achieved massive environmental impact, including legislation changes by harnessing the power of the crowd. So many feel one voice is just not enough to get heard, but if everyone thought the same, nothing will ever be achieved. It takes just one person’s voice to encourage others to also take part. Earth Hour is one movement that encourages individuals to take part, to unite individual voices towards creating a powerful global impact.

I was pleased to know that Scotland is first country to have 100% of local authorities’ support for Earth Hour this year (see here). Although the energy and carbon reduction levels have not been recorded by the group, the significance of having 172 countries and over 620 000 people taking part is a significant movement in making a change to the environment and global warming. The hour itself signifies more than just everyone at home, and local authorities and governments across the world, taking part including major landmarks when the lights are switched off for just one hour (see more here). The movement is to remind us that our actions today impacts on our future. The future starts with today.

Below are photos shared from worldwide Earth Hour 2016 events on their Facebook page.

Earth Hour Cambodia

Legislative Council building, Hong Kong

Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong


Sri Lanka





The next Earth Hour lights off event will be held next year at 8:30pm local time for an hour on Saturday 25th March 2017. In the meantime, tere are plenty of events and activities you can participate in to raise awareness for Earth Hour (see here – those living in Scotland can look at taking local action here).

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