On Saturday, March 23rd at 8:30 p.m., hundreds of millions of people around the globe will turn off their non-essential lights for one hour during Earth Hour an innovative campaign that raises awareness on sustainability and the environmental challenges we all face.
The purpose of Earth Hour is to raise consciousness, capture peoples¹ imaginations, and empower them to make a difference. The City of Sydney was the first to switch off in 2007. In 2008, Earth Hour went global, and 50 million people around the world took part. Last year, Earth Hour reached over 1.8 billion people in over 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories across all seven continents. With businesses, governments, and communities all working together, this single act is uniting people across the world by provoking discussion and encouraging commitment to long-term actions that will benefit the planet.
Students and faculty can register online, join the Earth Hour community, and create an event. With your help, we can take Earth Hour even further.
This year, we anticipate Earth Hour will reach even further and will be the world¹s largest display of civil action in support of solutions to our environmental problems. America¹s higher education institutions have an important role to play in this event. Not only can they raise awareness about the world¹s environmental changes, but they can empower their students to make sustainable choices every day.
Check out our participation guides, tools and creative assets.