Saturday, March 26th join millions of people across the globe switching off their lights simultaneously from 8:30-9:30pm local time in observance of Earth Hour.
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What Is Earth Hour 2022
Earth Hour is one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment.
Millions of people across the globe will switch off the lights simultaneously in observance of Earth Hour.
This year, the second annual “Virtual Spotlight” online campaign is raising awareness to look at the next decade and beyond. The decisions our leaders make now will affect us and the planet for decades to come.
What Do I Need to Do To Participate in Earth Hour 2022
Earth Hour 2022 will take place Saturday March 26, 2022 from 8:30-9:30 PM Local Time.
Join millions of people turning out their lights for the hour and help the Earth Hour message go viral by sharing their must-watch video to your social media.
When Is Earth Hour 2022
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Participating in Earth Hour 2022 is simple! Ways to be involved includes:
- Turning off your lights for 1 hour (8:30-9:30 local time)
- Here are 20 Ways To Spend Earth Hour from WWF!
- Take part in the virtual spotlight by sharing a must-watch video created by Earth Hour. (You can see the 2021 version here).
- Organize An Earth Hour Event (Instructions Included)
- After checking Covid-19 Rules, consider attending an Earth Hour Event!
When Is Earth Hour 2022
In late 2022, leaders from around the world will be attending an United Nations Conference for nature and biodiversity — (United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity 15th Conference of the Parties).
A 10 year plan will be made focusing on the state of nature and biodiversity. It has the potential to be the Paris Climate Agreement but for nature in which we focus on reducing the loss of nature and biodiversity that are key components to life on earth.
By participating in Earth Hour 2022 you’re showing your leaders that this planet matters to you. You want them to represent your — and millions of other people’s — needs and concerns about reversing climate change and the destruction of nature.
Earth Hour Can Help Make A Change
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We currently face a climate change crisis that threatens life on Earth as we know it. The way we’ve been consuming products has started taking a toll on the quality of our water, air, and soil.
- Carbon dioxide concentration levels in our atmosphere is at a 3 million year high
- More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans each year
- Forests are rapidly being depleted at a current rate of over 15 billion trees annually
Now is the time to put these important environmental issues under the spotlight.
Plastic is versatile, durable, and inexpensive to create, but it’s nearly impossible to break down. Plastic contributes to climate change by generating heat-trapping gasses at every stage of its life cycle. In a small coastal study, scientists found more micro plastic than plankton in the ocean.
Plastic Kills Nature:
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- 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been created since its creation
- Of that, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste
- 40% of the plastic that’s produced is made for single-use products
- 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean each year
- Over 400 million tons of plastic is manufactured each year
- Some plastics can take over 1,000 years to decompose and some up to 1 million.
- As plastics slowly erode, they turn into microplastics. Animals mistake these for food and end up dying of starvation.
- Microplastics have even been found in table salt.
What Can You Do To Reduce Your Plastic Usage?
- Reduce what you use, reuse what you have, and recycle what you can
- Join a local cleanup event, or organize your own, to keep your favorite places litter-free
- Shop at local farmer’s markets and bulk bin stores, using your own tote bag to carry your food in
- Carry a reusable water bottle or reusable cup with you to avoid plastic and paper cups
- Do a plastic audit of your home, replacing single-use products with sustainable alternatives
How Earth Hour Has Helped Deforestation
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Forests are home to 80% of all terrestrial life on Earth, despite covering just 30% of land area. But forested areas across the globe are being destroyed at an alarming rate.
Since the 1960’s, almost half of the planet’s rainforests have been lost.
- More than 15 billion trees are cut down each year at an unsustainable rate that continues to increase year over year
- Over 120 natural remedies and 25% of cancer-fighting organisms are found in rainforests, with countless more medical benefits yet to be discovered
- The U.S. contains just 5% of the world’s population, yet consumes 30% of its paper
Earth Hour isn’t just about turning off the lights, it’s about helping the planet.
- WWF Uganda established the first Earth Hour Forest with 2,700 hectares of land in 2013.
- Earth Hour continues to help Uganda work against protecting forests.
- In 2015, Earth Hour helped Malaysia create a national park.
Swapping out paper products with sustainable tree-free alternatives can save trees and the 1.5 billion people who depend on them.
Forests are one of the earth’s largest carbon sinks with diverse ecosystems that remove 25% of heat-trapping CO2 that humans add into the air, replacing it with breathable oxygen.
How You Can Help Fight Deforestation
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There is nothing that each one of us will consume more of in our lifetimes than air, so we should all be deeply concerned about the quality of the stuff we breathe into our bodies.
- Carbon Dioxide concentration levels are the highest they have ever been in the last 3 million years, and rising quickly.
- A gradual rise in surface water temperatures is affecting the ocean’s ability to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.
- Arctic sea ice has been decreasing over the last 30 years at an average rate of 3.2% per decade, putting freshwater supplies and entire ecosystems at great risk.
- Over 800 million people worldwide are vulnerable to the effects of climate change that has seen an increase in heat waves, droughts, floods, extreme weather events, and a rise in sea levels.
The quality of our air doesn’t just affect our individual health; it affects the health of the planet.
For the past 10,000 years, the makeup of Earth’s atmospheric composition has allowed life to thrive on the planet.
However, the rapid increase in the use of burning fossil fuels for power is gradually disrupting this delicate balance in nature, causing heat-trapping CO2 levels to saturate the atmosphere. The direct result is an unnatural rise in the global climate, which is having far-reaching and increasingly devastating effects on the environment.
Over the years, Earth Hour has:
- Helped ignite a law to be passed in Russia to protect its seas from oil pollution
- The Galápagos Islands banned plastic bags and other disposable packaging in 2014
- In Brunei Darussalam Earth Hour helped decrease the usage of energy
- Earth Hour helped Russia implement a 10 year freeze on oil projects in the Arctic
- Earth Hour helped Spanish residents tell their leaders they wanted to phase out fossil fuels and introduce renewable alternatives
How You Can Help Preserve Biodiversity and Nature
- Calculate your carbon footprint and constantly search out new ways to reduce it
- As you replace your old appliances, do so with energy efficient ones
- Walk or bike when you can, and use public transportation as much as possible
- Install a programmable thermostat to cool or warm your home efficiently
- Unplug any electronic devices that aren’t being used
And of course, participate in Earth Hour 2022 and those in the future to prevent climate change!