My family and I decided to mark WWF’s Earth Hour this year by playing the aptly named game ‘Save The World’ by tea-light. It took us a little over the 60 minutes to find a winner of the interesting game, which I had for a present a few years ago.
We were some of the hundreds of millions of people around the world to take part in the event – the 10th – on March 25th. Support for Earth Hour has extended further around the globe each year and in 2017 some 3,100 landmarks in various towns and cities turned off their lights. In the UK 300 plus landmarks and monuments switched off their lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.
Members of the public can join organised events outdoors or hold candlelit dinner parties. Others may go for an evening walk or study the stars and planets, weather permitting.
The event started with WWF in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 and the UK joined in for the first time the following year. Each year thereafter has encompassed more people from more parts of the world, all of them hoping that their governments will take urgent action on climate change. One in six species is under threat from climate change.
Previous ‘switch-off’ hours on the last Saturday in March have seen us go for walks or play board games. As well as making me feel good to be part of something big and worthwhile and knowing that people throughout the world share the same view, Earth Hour gives us a chance to spend some time together as a family.
I had hoped to get this post published earlier, but we’ve had some problems with our computer!