- What is Earth hour ?
Earth Hour (http://www.earthhour.org) is simply a symbolic period during which participants turn off all non-essential lights to raise awareness about the effects of climate change and ways to mitigate, adapt and build resilience.
Earth Hour 2013 will be from 8:30 to 9:30 pm on Saturday 23rd March and is observed at local time.
Earth Hour is organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is held each year on a Saturday evening in late March. It began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has since spread across the entire globe. In 2012, official Earth Hour activities took place in more than 7000 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories. Sadly, the only Caribbean territories listed on the current map of participants are Aruba and Belize.
2. Why a Caribbean Earth Hour?
Most Caribbean territories are small island developing states and are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including extreme rainfall patterns, increased temperatures, sea level rise and intensified hurricane seasons. Caribbean nations are inherently climate sensitive, as our lives and livelihoods inextricably connected to our environment and therefore affected by climate change. So it is in our interest to join in international conversations and global activities related to environmental issues.
Although the action of turning off one’s lights for one hour is largely symbolic, Earth Hour provides an opportunity for us to come together as a region to discuss and begin to develop Climate Change mitigation, adaptation and resilience strategies.
3. What is the significance of Earth Hour?
It should be noted that the event is a symbolic action, not a measurable energy saving or carbon reduction exercise. It is an initiative to encourage individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take accountability for their ecological footprint and engage in dialogue and resource exchange that provides real solutions to our environmental challenges. Participation in Earth Hour symbolises a commitment to change beyond the hour.
Most of the information in this blog post was sent to me by Heather Pinnock, Caribbean Sustainability Advocate & Project Manager. To find out more about Caribbean Earth Hour, check out the links below:
Visit http://www.youtube.com/earthhour for examples of IWIYW challenges.