Organized by WWF, Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet. Created to engage people for a broad range of environmental issues, the movement calls for 60 minutes of total darkness to promote conservation and climate change solutions.
Earth Hour began as a simple lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns - over 1600 of which come from the Philippines, Earth Hour's 'Hero Country' from 2009 to 2013.
The event is annually held worldwide towards the end of March to encourage individuals, communities households and businesses to switch-off their non-essential lights to show their commitment to the planet. Widely embraced as Earth's largest environmental movement, Earth Hour has catalyzed the following outcomes in the Philippines:
- The deployment of 1000 fibreglass boats to replace wooden boats lost to Typhoon Haiyan across Palawan and the Visayas.
- The deployment of portable solar lamps to replace dangerous and dirty kerosene lamps in Palawan and Mindoro.
- The sharing of best practices for communities via the Earth Hour City Challenge (now known as the One Planet City Challenge).
- The dissemination of climate change solutions via environmental education sessions, training modules, media appearances and talks.
Earth Hour 2017 will be held on Saturday, March 25, from 8.30PM and 9.30PM in various time-zones (GMT+8 for the Philippines). Please join us on March 25! Learn more about the movement here.
The following groups are supporting Earth Hour Philippines 2017: