On Saturday evening, around 8.30, over 7,000 cities on the globe will turn off their light for one hour. The Earth Hour aims to make people aware that the planet is in danger because of pollution. It is trying to encourage the Earth population to embrace a greener way to consume and produce energy.
For an hour, the skyline will be visible, as many monuments and landmarks, as well as entire cities, will embrace the darkness. Last year, the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, and even the International Space Station chose to celebrate Earth Hour and switched off their lights.
What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is an attempt at the protection and conservation of our environment. This year, it celebrates its 10th anniversary. It was organized by the World Wildlife Foundation and it started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Since then, it gained a lot of support.
Since then, the event reached more than 180 countries. Millions of people choose to switch off their lights and turn off their electronic devices for an hour. They want to suggest that the degradation of the environment is real and we should do something to stop it.
Why is Earth Hour so important?
One of the causes Earth Hour is trying to raise awareness about is global warming. The average temperature on Earth is raising rapidly, leading to the extinction of many species. The environmental experts say that one in six species is at risk of extinction.
Besides other animal species, humans are also at risk because of global warming. Also, the increasing industrialization which causes massive pollution, the rising sea level, and the decay of forest areas all add up and form dangers against life on Earth.
The big industries represent the main polluters. However, WWF is trying to make people want small but sure changes in their fight against pollution. If they avoid contributing to pollution, and put pressure on their governments to adopt more eco-friendly policies, in a few years we might improve the terrible conditions on Earth.
Thus, Earth Hour is just a small attempt to protect the planet and remind people how important it is to save it. If we do not change our destructive ways of living, we might end up in a dark age for life and the environment.
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