162 countries, 7000+ cities, towns and municipalities, and USD$ 61,487 crowdfunding. Earth Hour 2014 broke all previous records. The lights out event is here again and millions of people around the world will come together to switch off their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 28, 2015 between 8.30 pm-9.30 pm.
What can one hour darkness achieve in protecting our environment? A lot. Argentina’s mass campaign in 2013 drove its Senate to pass a bill for a 3.4 million hectare Marine Protected Area in the country. In Singapore, crowd funders came together to combat wildlife crime in South East Asia. Thousands of fuel-efficient and wood-saving stoves were distributed in Madagascar to prevent deforestation and improve children’s and women’s health.
Last year, the Earth Hour launched the first crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform called Earth Hour Blue to enable anyone to financially support environmental projects all over the world. The team of The Amazing Spiderman 2 led by its star cast Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx, encouraged people to become super heroes for the planet.
You can now go beyond the hour, support a crowdfunding campaign on www.earthhour.org or start your own movement in your community. Every activity counts, including switching off lights for an hour which is what has made Earth Hour the world’s largest environmental grassroots movement.
Do you think Earth Hour 2015 will set another record in terms of participation? Which landmarks in your country will mark the event? Tell us in the comments below.
PS. Don’t forget to use your power and show how much you care about our planet!