In 2013, more than 7000 cities participated in a global movement to Go Green. The mobilization of thousands of participants is ready to build upon that success in preparation for the eighth edition of Earth Hour, Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 8:30pm.
Sydney was plunged into darkness to kick-off “Earth Hour” celebrating climate change and energy management, marking the start of a nationwide event that draws millions of devotees. The city turned off its lights amid a round of applause from a crowd gathered to admire the green halo surrounding the Sydney Opera House.
Japan and Australia also participated in the green event and extinguished their lights in various commercial areas as a symbol of renewable energy.
Since 2007, Earth Hour has become a symbolic gesture, and perhaps the largest environmental movement in history. Initially it was a commitment to turn off lights for one hour to show that each of us can have a positive impact in the fight against climate change. Today, it’s become the largest celebration on the planet to stimulate global change, and a driver of environmental commitments around the world.
Promoting a Green Energy Commitment
The massive success of Earth Hour helps to influence others to go green and invest in sustainability;
2007: 2.2 million Australians join in to turn off their lights
2008: 50 million people participate worldwide
2009: 1000 million people commit to Earth Hour
2010: 1800 million people are involved consolidating the largest environmental movement
2011: Earth Hour reaches 135 countries and 1.8 billion participants to switch off and commit to sustainability and energy conservation
2012: Earth Hour Co-founder and Executive Director Andy Ridley promote “I Will If You Will”; all records are broken to save the planet
2013: Russian citizens secure 100,000 signatures demanding reform in the current forest legislation
The Satisfaction in Green Living
In an era when many are dealing with cumbersome debt, energy efficiency is not only responsible consumption but also a welcoming approach to spending less. More than twenty percent of the electricity produced in the world goes to lighting. Energy is largely wasted by bad habits and the products we use rely on old technology.
Useful energy-saving measures can help reduce utility bills, save a considerable sum of money each month and reduce that electric footprint.
- The first step and the easiest is to replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. A single change saves over 80 % energy over the life of the lamp or bulb.
- Paint the interior spaces of your home or office with light colors. In this way the light reflects thus providing illumination of spaces with much less power consumption.
- Open the curtains during the day to let the sun through the windows. Practice the same in the office. Place desk near the windows and utilize sunlight for a portion of the day.
- Upgrade to energy efficient products. Choose lighting, appliances and products for the home that bear an energy efficiency certification label and reduce your energy consumption in homes and offices up to 75 %.
- For exterior lighting use solar lights and motion detection mechanisms that only illuminate at night or when someone is present.
Earth Hour is more than propaganda to turn off lights. There are concrete and simple actions that help reduce energy consumption, promote environmental conservation and generate significant savings for your pocket and billions of people are joining the movement to go green.