It all began in Australia in 2007 in a lights off event. Now, dubbed as “Earth Hour,” it became an annual worldwide movement organized by WWF encouraging people to switch off their lights for an hour as a support for climate change action.
But is this simply another feel-good event that doesn’t really have any significant impact?
Critics say that the reduction in power consumption is negligible. Well, that’s true. And Earth Hour events when not managed well actually contribute to a lot of waste generated and more energy consumed.
But the whole point of Earth Hour is raising awareness on climate change and other environmental issues. Because frankly, there are still climate deniers, people who are oblivious to how we are destroying our planet, and those who need a little nudging to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.
So I say switch off the lights. As you go beyond the hour and be more proactive in conserving energy.
Switch off the lights and let this be your vote in support for cleaner sources of energy.
Switch off the lights and continue doing something to combat climate change by reducing the stuff you buy, by being a responsible consumer, by re-using and recycling, and by lessening waste.
Switch off the lights and be part of this collective environmental movement.
Let the naysayers be for at the end of the day, taking action is better than inaction.