5 Facts about Earth Hour

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Lights off for Earth HourAs purveyors of a smooth and seamless technological experience, AU understands the importance of computers and advancement in our fully wired lives. This technological advance gives us individual access to all corners of the globe, at any time. It also gives us valuable perspective and insight. We are both small, individually, and large, collectively.

Consider your place on Earth

Earth Hour asks you to consider a larger context of the Earth, your place within in it and a broad range of environmental actions each of us is involved in. As a response to often overwhelming scientific data, Earth Hour gives a simple request: turn off non-essential lights for one hour in support of environmental sustainability.

You can also engage in this event by switching off all electronic gadgets that would consume energy. Yes, this maybe even means taking a study break! You can create awareness in your physical and online society by participating in this event and setting an example. Let others know what a huge impact they can have on this planet by participating in this event, adopt some energy-saving measures, and eliminate unnecessary usage.

Earth Hour asks: “On Saturday, March 19, join Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lights at 8:30 p.m. your local time and recommit to the fight against climate change.”

Five Facts about Earth Hour

  • In 2015, 10,400 worldwide landmarks turned off their lights in solidarity with Earth Hour.
  • In 2015, 172 nations participated as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.
  • But, 2015 was also the hottest recorded year in the history on record.
  • As global temperatures hit unprecedented highs, winter sea ice in the Arctic also reached a record low in 2015.
  • In 2005, Earth Hour was conceived as a reaction to scientific data revealing the impact of climate change. The first Earth Hour took place in 2007.

Thanks to EarthHour.org for the engaging facts!

How do you engage in Earth Hour ?

As an AU student, how do you participate in Earth Hour? We would love to hear! Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook!

Read More: a guest blog from AU astronomer, Dr. Martin Connors, about what happens when you turn off those ‘pesky’ lights.