Earth Hour 2017 will take place this weekend. The World Wildlife Foundation’s Earth Hour is trying to raise awareness regarding the destructive effects of global warming. The climate of this planet is continuously changing, and all the efforts made by state officials seem to be in vain. Extreme temperatures will soon become the norm, and we are witnessing a massive extinction process in which one out of six species of wildlife are threatened with extinction.
This Saturday we should all switch off the light at 8:30 pm GMT
This is the tenth year when we celebrate Earth Hour, hoping that we still have a chance to make things work and the future of our planet will be brighter. The primary purpose which lies on the ground of this movement is that only fighting together we will be able to confront and annihilate a problem which affects us all. On March 25, 2017, at 8:30 pm GMT everyone will turn off the light for an hour, taking part in demonstrating the need for commitment when it comes to the future of Earth’s climate.
This year, the WWF’s purpose is to encourage people to follow a healthier lifestyle, which could benefit themselves and the environment. By switching off the light, everybody will contribute to the reduction of their carbon footprint and energy consumption. At a global level, this movement has a significant effect. Earth Hour is known to be one of the biggest demonstrations to support environmental action.
Earth Hour 2017 is meant to raise awareness regarding the rapid change of the climate
The event started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. Since then, it has spread to 178 countries. Thus, millions of people are part of this movement every year. Moreover, last year, this campaign was even celebrated by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Back in 2008, the UK took part in this global event for the first time. Back then, the United Kingdom also established some targets to reduce the harmful emissions.
This year, the UK government will announce their Emissions Reduction Plan which was scheduled to be released around Earth Hour. In April 2016, a consensus was published in the Environmental Research Letters journal which indicated that 97% of all climate scientists believe that humans are responsible for climate change. We need to understand that climate change severely affects the entire planet and the lives of all creatures living here, including ourselves.
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