Earth Hour 2022 returns to bring environmental issues to light
On Saturday, March 26, millions of Australians will switch off all their lights at 8.30pm, and not because they want to have an early night.
One in three Australians are tipped to take part in Earth Hour in 2022 - the global initiative aimed at raising awareness of ecological issues affecting the planet.
But for a project known around the world for asking individuals, businesses and governments to switch off their lights, “Earth Hour is not an energy-saving campaign,” says Jasmine Ledger – a spokesperson at Earth Hour.
“Switching off lights is a simple and symbolic way for people to demonstrate their support for Earth Hour and add their voice.”
A home-grown eco initiative
Earth Hour was first launched in Australia back in 2007 as a way for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to raise awareness of environmental issues.
Since then, Earth Hour has grown into a global movement encompassing more than 7,000 cities in 190 countries.
During that time the initiative has used its platform to help launch a number of environmental projects, including the creation of a 3.4 million hectare marine park in Argentina, a ban on plastic bags and Styrofoam in the Galapagos, and providing 500 portable solar lamps to rural Ethiopian communities (the program has since been expanded to Papua New Guinea).