Earth Hour takes place on March 23rd this year. If you haven’t heard of it then you soon will. It’s the single biggest symbolic mass participation event in the world, and the number of participants grows every year. In a global age, Earth Hour unites millions of people across 152 countries to show concern for the environment and promote the fight against climate change. There are lots of ways to get involved so you can start saving energy, do your bit for the environment and reduce your business gasÂ and electricity costs at the same time.
How Earth Hour came about
The inaugural Earth Hour took place from 7.30 – 8.30pm in Sydney, Australia on 31st March 2007. Over 2000 businesses got involved and while plans were underway to make it a National Day in Australia, business owners across the globe began registering an interest in joining Earth Hour 2008.
By March 29th 2008, Earth Hour was celebrated in over 370 cities worldwide with 35 countries and up to 100 million people on board. Over the years the event has continued to grow and 4 years later, Earth Hour 2012 involved a record 152 countries worldwide.
Organisers the world over hope the actions of Earth Hour will go on to inform the action of every hour and there’s plenty you can do to be a part of the campaign.
How to get involved:
Join the global Earth Hour community and receive up-to-date information on growing plans for 2013: http://www.earthhour.org/
Engage and inspire your staff to join the ‘I will If You Will’ challenge. This is where people come up with fun ideas to do something if a certain target is achieved. For example, someone may commit to shaving their head if 50 staff sign up to Earth Hour or dyeing their beard green if everyone in their team takes public transport to work for a week.
Joining the big ‘Switch Off’ in March is another visible way of supporting the campaign. This doesn’t just mean lights. This means computers, printers, chargers, kettles, fridges and all other appliances that don’t really need to be on. Getting staff involved will help to show areas where commercial electricity is being wasted, and hopefully kick start better habits that mean lower energy bills for your business.