Tenth Annual ‘Earth Hour’ Observed

IAS Prelims 2023

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour – the world’s biggest environment event. Millions of people across the world showed their love and care for the planet by switching their lights at 8:30 pm to 9: 30 pm in 7,000 cities across 172 countries on March 25.

Internationally the list includes some of the world’s best known sky-scrapers and historic buildings including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, London’s Big Ben and Houses of Parliament, the Colosseum in Rome, Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, the Eiffel Tower, Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square and the Pyramids of Egypt.

Earth Hour has one big agenda: to unite people to protect the planet, support for a low pollution, and clean energy future.

Earth Hour is the world’s largest movement for the environment, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The idea is to encourage people to turn off their lights for 60 minutes in the evening.

Initially, it started as a a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, the event has grown to include 7000 cities and towns worldwide.

Last year, Earth Hour took place between 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, local time, on Saturday March 19.