Individuals, businesses and organizations in more than 188 countries and territories worldwide joined WWF’s Earth Hour to spark unprecedented conversation and action on stopping the loss of nature, a day after 550 scientists warned of a ‘dangerous decline’ in global biodiversity. Close to 18,000 landmarks switched off their lights in solidarity as people across the globe generated over 3.5 billion impressions of #EarthHour, #connect2earth and related hashtags to show their concern for the planet. The hashtags trended in 33 countries.
From Colombia to Indonesia to Fiji, Earth Hour 2018 mobilized people to join efforts to protect forests and mangroves. In Romania, hundreds of people showed their commitment to safeguarding nature by writing symbolic letters to rivers, forests and wildlife. In Africa, 24 countries celebrated Earth Hour to highlight the most pressing conservation challenges they face such as access to renewable energy, freshwater resources and habitat degradation.
This Earth Hour, for the first time, people across the globe also joined the conversation on connect2earth.org to share what nature means to them, in the places they live in and care about. The platform aims to build mass awareness on the values of biodiversity and nature to our lives, health and well-being.
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On Saturday, 25 March 2017, WWF’s Earth Hour rolled across the world once again - from Nairobi to New York, Delhi to Dublin, millions of you came together to shine a light on climate action. An unprecedented 187 countries and territories took part, over 3,000 landmarks switched off their lights and millions of individuals, businesses and organizations across seven continents stepped forward to change climate change.
The record participation was a fitting celebration for the movement’s tenth anniversary and came at a time when the need for climate action was greater than ever. It is also a testament to the incredible effort, dedication and passion of the WWF and Earth Hour teams - as well as our grassroots communities and youths - around the world. Thank you all for working tirelessly to be able to mobilise millions of people for the planet.
On Saturday 19 March, Earth Hour 2016 was celebrated in a record-breaking 178 countries and territories across seven continents and aboard the International Space Station, serving as a strong visual reminder of the globe’s determination to tackle our planet’s biggest environmental challenge yet.
In 2016, in recognition of the interconnected world we live in today thanks to social media and the crosscutting nature of climate change itself, Earth Hour aimed to move the movement for climate action from skylines to timelines. The movement encouraged people to not only support climate projects as in previous years, but also help in spreading the word by ‘donating their social power’ and taking a stand against climate change on their own personal landmark- their Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Agriculture and food production are highly vulnerable to changes in climate variability, seasonal shifts, and rainfall patterns caused by climate change. Experts predict that changes in temperature, rainfall and seasonal trends will impact production of staples and crops like corn, beans, cocoa, and even coffee, which require certain conditions for cultivation.
In 2015, WWF and Earth Hour teams around the world drove awareness on the impact of climate change on agriculture and how consumers, businesses and communities can each take action. From spreading awareness on consuming wisely to sustainable dinners on the night of Earth Hour (the UK, Finland and France) and creating the world’s first ever Earth Hour recipe book Planet to Plate with recipes by 52 celebrity chefs in Australia, sustainable food and agriculture was a major theme for Earth Hour 2015.