On Saturday 25th March from 8:30pm-9:30pm, Australians and others throughout the world will be switching off for Earth Hour 2017 to promote the importance of taking action on climate change.
This year, Earth Hour are celebrating their 10th year, and the progress that has been made during that time on helping combat climate change.
We have come a long way in the last decade. Australian states and territories are now going full steam ahead with their ambitious targets for renewable energy. Right now about 1 in 7 Aussie households have solar panels installed on their roofs – we sure love our sun!
Earth Hour as a global movement has seen remarkable results. Last year the world came together to bridge our differences in a landmark global agreement in Paris to tackle climate change. We have seen 3.4 million hectares of marine parks protected in Argentina, an Earth Hour Forest in Uganda established, and a ban on plastic bags in the Galapagos Islands. Every individual voice, in chorus with the world during Earth Hour, has created an unstoppable momentum for our planet.
More than ever, our actions on climate change today will shape the future for our children. Since they were born, our children have been taught to be active recyclers, aware of renewable power alternatives, and informed about the effects of pollution on our planet. They know more about climate change than any other generation. And they have extraordinary views on what they want for their planet.
Yet our future is under threat from rising temperatures and more extreme weather. Small changes to our climate as a result of increased carbon pollution are messing up the delicate balance of nature that we enjoy so much.
On Saturday, 25th March, switch off to support progress for the next generation. Switch off to #JoinTheFuture.
If you’re interested in participating in Earth Hour and would like more information, you can find out more at earthhour.org.au, and if you are taking part, don’t forget to register on the website and post to social media with the hashtag #JoinTheFuture to let everyone know that combating climate change matters to you.
Source: Earth Hour Australia 2017