Earth Hour: Government and other Organizations Take Part in Global Initiative

Earth Hour: Government and other Organizations Take Part in Global Initiative

Lights were turned off in 170 countries across the world to mark Earth Hour in order to draw attention to climate change. Millions of people across thousands of cities marked the day with enthusiasm while some were commenting on impact of such events during times of climate change denial. The international event that started as a grass-roots effort has found support from many government organizations across the world.

People have been urged to reduce their energy consumption, shift to renewable sources and to reduce their carbon footprint. While shifting to green energy involves higher costs, many companies across the world are embracing newer technologies for the good of our planet.

At 8.30 pm local time, many iconic buildings turned off their lights for one hour. Major monuments including Big Ben in London, the Sydney Opera House, Burj Khalifa and Red Square in Moscow took part in Earth Hour event. United Nations also marked the day by ‘going dark’ during Earth Hour.

Climate change denial has led to delay in adopting green technology and technologies that could save our planet. Climate change is impacting natural habitat of many species and leading to extreme weather events in many regions across the world. Earth Hour and similar events are helpful in raising awareness among people regarding Climate Change.

David Miller, president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada said, “Earth Hour is symbolic, but it’s not trivial. By disconnecting, we’re connecting with the biggest issue confronting the world today.”

Nations agreed in Paris in 2015 to limit average global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial temperatures. That is the level at which many scientists say humankind can still avoid worst-case climate outcomes in terms of rising sea levels, worsening droughts and floods, and increasingly violent superstorms.

A report published by VOA News informed, "In January, NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said research has shown that 2016 was the hottest year on record, for the third year in a row."

The Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House also dimmed their lights as millions of people from some 170 countries and territories were expected to take part in Earth Hour, the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants.

The event, which originated in Sydney, has grown to become a worldwide environmental campaign, celebrated across all continents.

The World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) conservation group, which organizes the event, said great strides had been made in highlighting the dire state of the planet.

"We started Earth Hour in 2007 to show leaders that climate change was an issue people cared about," coordinator Siddarth Das said.

"For that symbolic moment to turn into the global movement it is today, is really humbling and speaks volumes about the powerful role of people in issues that affect their lives."

In Sydney, many harborside buildings switched off their lights for an hour from 8:30 pm local time as the call for action began rolling out across the world.