Sarah Cable, ACCP
On March 28 at 8:30pm local time, businesses and homes in more than 180 countries will go dark for one hour. The ACCP team will take part in Earth Hour and turn off our lights to instead shed light on the current climate crisis.
Earth Hour, started by the World Wildlife Fund Sydney in 2007, is a grassroots campaign turned annual global movement to raise awareness of the environmental impact of humans and technology. Since its inception, the Earth Hour campaign has directly impacted the call for forest preservation in Russia, organized the planting of 17 million trees in Kazakhstan, and activated public support for marine protection of 3.5 million hectares in Argentina, as well as plastic bans in Ecuador, and more. This year, Earth Hour aims to encourage global lawmakers to support climate crisis mitigation plans at the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference and UN General Assembly.
Even though Earth Hour is on a Saturday, it is an easy way to engage employees in corporate environmental sustainability. Encourage your employees to share pictures, write about or discuss their night without light and what it meant to them. This is also a way to mix fun and education for people of all ages during COVID-19 social distancing regulations. Take a look at Earth Hour’s list of 20+ things to do at home during Earth Hour weekend!
Check out the Earth Hour website for more information on the event and other ways to get involved year-round!