Earth Hour Day: Why you should turn off all electricity tonight at 8.30pm


Today the earth will turn dark for just one hour. Dozens of building around the world will switch off all electricity including Big Ben, Harrods, the Gherkin, the Eiffel Tower, Sidney Opera House and Bangkok Grand Palace. It’s all about helping to protect the planet and everyone doing their bit to reverse global warming.

While the idea is partly about saving electricity during that crucial ‘Earth Hour’, it is actually more about the symbolism and getting people to be more wary about what they use. It’s organised by the World Wildlife Fund and members of the public are encouraged to take part as well in their homes.

Here is everything you need to know.

When is Earth Hour Day?

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This year’s Earth Hour Day will take place today on March 25, 2017 between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. More information can be found on the Earth Hour website.

How can I take part?

It’s up to you, but the easiest thing to do is just switch off your lights and stop using electronic things like computers and iPads as much as you can. (Not as easy as it sounds, probably.) Get out some candles or small torches – or just watch the sky, with hopefully a little less light pollution. Lights that are on for safety reasons, like traffic lights, street lights or emergency exit signs obviously need to stay on.

Where is it marked?

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The movement started in Sydney, Australia, ten years ago. It now involves more than 100 countries and millions of people. Countries further east than us have already switched off for this year’s Earth Hour. The picture below shows Tokyo (not Paris), lights dimmed:

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Aren’t you just using more fuel by burning candles?

Well, firstly no-one says you have to light a candle. And the event isn’t really about the small amount of energy you could save in just one hour.

It’s more about reminding people how much electricity they normally use – and maybe convincing them they don’t need to use that much throughout the rest of the year. It’s also to raise awareness that issues like climate chance and deforestation haven’t gone away.

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Will you switch off the lights at 8.30?

Article Source: Metro UK

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