Earth Hour:

Earth Hour is a global environmental movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It encourages individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour as a symbolic gesture to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change and other environmental issues. It usually takes place on the last Saturday of March each year.


Earth hour originated in Sydney Australia, in 2007 when WWF-Australia partnered with local advertising agency to encourage residents to switch off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about energy consumption and it’s impacts on the environment. The event garnered widespread attention and participation, leading to its expansion into global initiative the following year.


The primary objectives of Earth hours are:

  • To raise awareness by educate individuals and communities about the importance of reducing energy consumption, mitigating climate change and preserving the environment for future generation.
  • By encouraging people to switch off their lights And take simple yet impactful action.
  • Earth hour serves platform for policies and commitments from government, business and institution to address climate change and promote renewable energy.

Activities and Events:

  • Earth hour is marked by various activities and events organized by individuals, communities and organization world wide.
  • Participants turn off non-essential lights and electrical appliance for one hour, typically from 8:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m local time.
  • Some communities organize candle light gathering or events to mark Earth Hour and reflect on the importance of environmental conservation.
  • Educational workshops, seminars, and campaigns are conducted to raise awareness about climate change, sustainable living and the importance of biodiversity conservation.
  • Social media campaign, online pledges and virtual events engage a broader audience and encourage participation beyond geographical boundaries.


Earth hour continues to be a compelling reminder of the urgent need to address climate change and protect the planets biodiversity. By fostering collective actions raising awareness and advocating for policy change. Earth hour empowers individuals, and communities to become agents of positive environmental change and build a more sustainable future for all.

About the Author: Aqsa Abid has completed her BS in Environmental Sciences from GCWUS. She is a green blogger and a climate activist.