Earth Hour Facts

Interesting Facts on Earth Hour

The following are some facts on Earth Hour that would be interesting for everyone to know about. 

  • Earth Hour is celebrated on last Saturday of March every year for one hour in the evening starting from 8:30pm to 9:30 pm as per the local time zone
  • The event is organized by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It is also renowned as World Wildlife Fund
  • Participants are asked to turn off their unessential lights during the event
  • In 2007, WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald first conceptualized the Earth Hour. About 2.2 million people took part in the event
  • Earth Hour 2011 will be held on 26 March 2011
  • Earth Hour 2010 has been the biggest Earth Hour till date
  • Total 128 countries took part in the event in 2010
  • The energy demand minimized to 500,000 kilowatt per hour in Vietnam while the country took part in Earth Hour Event in 2010. The amount was three times more than the demand in 2009 when it joined the event for first time
  • Around 4000 cities took part in the event.

Some of the landmarks those participated in the event are:

  • Big Ben, London
  • The Empire State Building, New York
  • The Sydney Opera House, Sydney
  • The Eiffel Tower, Paris
  • The Parthenon, Greece
  • The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
  • The Forbidden City, Beijing
  • Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur
  • Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Famous personalities and organizations that are supporting the Earth Hour message and work as Earth Hour ambassadors are:

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Prize laureate from South Africa,
  • Helen Clark, Former New Zealand Prime Minister and the head of UNDP
  • Valdas Adamkus, former President of Lithuania
  • Nguyễn Minh Triết, President of Vietnam
  • Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
  • Tom Brady, NFL Football Player
  • Gisele Bündchen, international supermodel
  • Steve Nash, NBA basketball player
  • Leona Lewis, International pop star
  • The Cranberries, Irish rock band
  • Andox and Box, two popular cartoon characters on Hong Kong television
  • Melanie Chisholm, former member of the Spice Girls
  • Li Yuchun, Chinese singer
  • Abhishek Bachchan, Film actor, India

A number of multinational companies have supported the Earth Hour. The companies include:

  •  Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Wells Fargo
  • Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd (IKEA)
  •  Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC)
  •  PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  •  Accenture
  •  Nokia Siemens Networks.

Earth Hour 2015 dates is 28th March

Earth hour is a very important global event which is conducted by World Wildlife Fund. The organization World Wildlife fund is also called as World Wide Fund for Nature which is abbreviated as WWF. Earth hour is celebrated on the last Saturday of March every year.

The main concern of earth hour is to take larger level of awareness for the change of climate. In earth hour, the foremost action is taken as to turn off non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour in all households and businesses. This is like offering an hour for further protection of the earth to reduce energy consumption as a whole. It is a unity towards the earth for less consumption of energy level.

The main focus of Earth Hour:

The main focus of earth hour is to be aware of energy level of the earth. The energy level of earth is getting decreased day by day because most of the time all sources of energy is not reused properly. Renewable energy is to develop a lot but the scientists are not getting further success in this category. Hence, people have to be educated for the usage of energy in a parsimonious way. We have to keep our energy level for longer time and this can be done when we use energy in a systematic and parsimonious way. Many a time, it has been observed that people do not know the usage of energy particularly, electricity, petrol, diesel and LPG etc and therefore if we continue the same usage for longer time, we may suffer extinct of energy from the earth. Common people have not much knowledge about it and therefore, earth hour tries to spread this education all over the world. By turning off all non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour in all households and businesses worldwide gives a high level of awareness for the same.

Earth Hour Celebrations

In 2007, earth hour was first commemorated by WWF in Sydney as millions of people offered the helping hand to switch off all non-essential lights for an hour. With this considerable step held in Sydney, many other countries also came out and commemorated earth hour. Most importantly, earth hour 2012 will be held on March 31st. This time will be considered every country’s specific time according to their time zone however earth hour time is commemorated in the morning hours only.

Importance of Earth Hour:

Celebration of earth hour is very important as the people of the world have to be educated with the consumption of energy and its impact of our daily life. We should not use energy in a lavish way because energy is being extinct every time we use. People of the world should understand the bad result of much usage of energy. We have to avoid unnecessary usage of energies. As everyone knows, ‘Prevention is better than cure’ and therefore awareness of using energy in a parsimonious way can provide a good solution for us to live in our planet for much longer time happily.

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