Earth Hour: We turn off the lights of the world for 60 minutes
If you are not a longtime activist, previous Earth Hour events are likely to have gone unnoticed. Conceived by WWF in 2007, Earth Hour is an event that unites millions of citizens, businesses and the main monuments of the world in the symbolic gesture of turning off the lights for an hour, in support of nature and the planet. Usually, however, in all countries of the world, alongside this symbolic gesture, events of all kinds were also organized, with natural lights. Now more than ever, Earth Hour 2020 (to be held on March 28 at 20:30) becomes digital due to the coronavirus pandemic: only online meetings instead of the usual street parties.
The Eiffel Tower turned off for Earth Hour 2019
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“In this difficult time it is important to find ways to stay connected to each other and instill hope for the future – which is what Earth Hour is based on,” he tells Vogue Katie White, WWF support and campaign executive director. “It is an opportunity for millions of people around the world to join virtually, from their homes, to show interest in the future of our planet.”
Coronavirus is at the center of attention right now and rightly so, but it is essential not to forget the climate crisis and the actions necessary to protect the planet. With so many people in isolation, Earth Hour gives us time to think about nature and the need to respect it. “This is a crucial moment for us to safeguard the planet and our future,” adds White. “Earth Hour is a moment of pause, of reflection on the importance of nature and what we can do to help it.”
Earth Hour offers a wonderful opportunity to finally see the stars
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This year’s Earth Hour attendees include Cora Hilts, founder of the sustainable online boutique Rêve En Vert. Cora is encouraging people to organize parties at home and to share them with others. “We hope to make people understand that we are all in the same boat – union is strength,” he says, adding that this is a good time to become more aware of our planet’s needs. “You don’t often have time to stop and consider our eating habits and how they reflect on the planet – this is a great opportunity to do it.”
For those wishing to join Earth Hour, five ways to participate from home
1. Simply turn off the lights
The easiest way to participate is to simply turn off the house lights. Light candles instead of lights and use the time available to reflect.
2. Organize a virtual party for Earth Hour
Organizing an eco-sustainable party is another way to participate in the global event. Cora Hilts suggests cooking vegetarian dishes using as little energy as possible. Coordinate with your friends via Zoom and set the table to make it even more special. And don’t forget to post a photo on Instagram to let everyone know what you’re doing.
3. Plant flowers on the windowsill
Even if you are indoors, there is a way to reconnect with nature and to plant flowers on the window sill. If you are a beginner in gardening, it is better to start with aromatic herbs, which are easier to manage – with the added advantage of being able to use them later in the kitchen.
4. Refine manual skills
This is the perfect time to finally fix that loose button on the shirt or to mend that hole on the sweater. Not only that: why not start knitting or crocheting? Creating your own clothes is an incredibly sustainable way of adding garments to your wardrobe.
5. Show an online presence
Perhaps the most important way is to make sure you take a moment to connect with the rest of the world. Follow the hashtag #EarthHour online or participate in one of the virtual events taking place in the world, ranging from debates to live streaming performances. There is even a #DanceForThePlanet challenge for anyone ready to go wild.