Beyond Earth Hour: Call for a sustainable action for the future of our planet
On March 26, the world will mark 2011’s Earth Hour, a global grass-roots movement that aims to connect a global community and encourage them to work together to help create a sustainable planet. The idea is to encourage everyone to be accountable for their ecological footprint and engage in dialogue that will help provide real solutions to environmental challenges.
On the day, from 8:30pm-9:30pm (local time), lights will switch off all around the globe as a symbol of a populations commitment towards the environment.
The Middle East region has started to pay serious attention to this day as communities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, and Jordan also prepare for the day.
Earth Hour was initially started by WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following that, many other cities adopted the event in 2008. 2010 was reportedly the biggest Earth Hour with 4616 cities across 128 countries/territories that participated. This year is expected to be even bigger.
In addition to this one hour on one day, this year Earth Hour is calling for more action where they ask you to think of an idea or action that you can do as an individual beyond this hour. Many people have shared their ideas, all of which are inspiring in one way or the other, have a look at them here and send in yours!