In 2021, the Earth Hour will be held in different parts of the world. International environmental campaign will take place for the 12th time. Every year an increasing number of participants throughout the world, including in USA. As in previous years, participated over 2 billion people from more than 7 thousand cities on all continents.
Earth hour is the off time of the lighting devices and appliances of illumination in stores, shopping malls, on the street etc. also turn off the Electricity in public institutions, banks, factories and plants. Because the action appeared not so long ago, some people don’t know when is Earth Hour in 2021, but wish to participate.
The event has no fixed date, although it is easy to calculate. It is always conducted on the last Saturday of March.
Important! In 2021, Earth Hour will take place on 28 March. Unplug electrical appliances and light bulbs have in the period from 20.30 to 21.30 local time.
The essence of the action
Humanity is causing serious harm to the nature. The environmental situation is getting worse every day. One of the most pressing environmental problems are excessive carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. The air pollution creates a so-called “greenhouse effect”. It leads to serious changes in climatic conditions. Melting glaciers, rising ocean levels, and other changes lead to serious natural disasters – storms, abnormally low and high temperatures, floods and others besides, humanity is often unwise uses of natural resources.
To draw public attention to environmental issues, the activists were invited to carry out the action, during which you need an hour to turn off electrical devices. The organizers are calling to reduce carbon emissions and conserve natural resources.
Repeatedly argued that the action is useless, because to stop turbine power plants for an hour is impossible. In other words, even when you turn off the lights and electrical appliances, power plants continue to operate and emit carbon dioxide, but the electricity is not spent in useful purposes. The organizers of such statements usually answer that the action was symbolic and carried out to attract public attention to environmental problems. Besides, the event are usually not limited to disconnection of electric devices.
The history of
Earth hour originated in the Australian capital city of Sydney. The campaign is organized by the world wildlife Fund. For the first time the event was held in 2007 with the support of a local magazine. Their solidarity in the struggle of protecting the environment then demonstrated 2000 enterprises. In just one year it had spread to 35 countries. Further, the popularity grew exponentially. Every year the action was joined by millions of people across the planet.
Initially, the electricity was turned off only for enterprises, but over time, the action began to join and individuals. Now, in many cities shut off the lights in banks and on objects of national importance. According to the latest data, the Earth Hour is held in more than 180 countries around the world.
In the USA the event is held since 2009. Now there are over 150 cities and nearly 20 million people. Every year is chosen the capital of Earth Hour at the results blackouts, which are recorded on the official website. For example, in 2018, the title went to the winner of Lipetsk, and in 2017 – Surgut. The capital of the event will receive a 30-centimetre statue with a globe, a crown and engraved with the name of the city.
The programme of Earth Hour is usually carried out the following activities:
- rallies in protected areas;
- FlexBay on the protection of the environment;
- shares of waste processing;
- seminars and conferences on environmental issues;
- exhibitions on the theme of global warming, unsustainable use of resources and other problems of nature.
Organizers typically urge people to care about the environment. This can be done in different ways:
- to monitor the consumption of electricity (turn off the TV and light bulbs when not needed, use led lighting products, to buy equipment with the energy class A+ and below);
- to purchase products in packaging made from natural materials that can be disposed of without harm to the environment;
- to participate in the landscaping of streets;
- to support the preservation of conservation areas;
- to participate in actions of improvement in the city.
As the campaign “Earth Hour”: video