Make a Difference This Earth Hour
Author: Julie - F&F Date Posted:25 March 2019
WWF's Earth Hour is the World's biggest movement to protect our planet. Every year hundreds of millions of people around the world in over 180 countries take part in this global conservation movement.
People do a wide range of things around the hour to show they care about our planet’s future. Millions choose to mark Earth Hour by going ‘lights out’ for 60 minutes at 8.30pm – a symbolic show of solidarity.
In 2019 Earth Hour is at 8.30pm on Saturday 30th March. The WWF are inviting all Australians to #Connect2Earth, so that we can all work towards better understanding and appreciating the values of biodiversity and the current critical condition of our home and our planet. Earth Hour aims to spark conversations about what it takes to protect our planet. And it starts by connecting to nature. So, this year is a great opportunity to connect to, and appreciate, Australia’s precious natural environment.
Why is This Important?
Our planet is suffering from our actions and climate change. The earth is polluted, 1 in 6 species of animals are at risk of becoming extinct, there could be more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050 and the UN estimates that we only have about 12 years to avoid climate catastrophe. We're not in a good place and we need to take action. Close to home some native animals are becoming endangered and may well become extinct. These include:
- Koalas - Deforestation and climate change are resulting in less food and poorer quality meaning koalas are travelling more for food bringinging them into towns and unsafe habitat leaving them vulnerable
- Green Turtles - 99% of juvenile turtles at the Howick Group of Islands have now been identified as female. The sex of green turtles is determined by the incubation temperature of the eggs. Since the eggs are buried in the sand, the warmer the weather, the warmer the sand, and the higher probability of females being born. Without males we hve a problem! The WWF is working with partners to help cool the sand on Milman Island to help this situation
- Black-Flanked Rock-Wallaby - their habitat includes the desert and bush in many parts of Northern and Western Australia, such as the Kimberley. As the temperatures warm, we'll see more severe and longer droughts, resulting in increased competition for less food, as well as habitat loss. These beautiful animals don’t like to roam outside their habitat range to look for food so will have nowhere to go.
- Adelie Penguins - The Antarctic is one of the fastest warming places on the planet. Warmer temperatures mean that ancient ice sheets are melting, contributing to rising sea levels which is having a big impact on much of the wildlife that Antarctica and, its icy waters, call home.
What Can You Do This Earth Hour:
- Sign up to Earth Hour and declare your support here.
- Turn off all lights and electricity this Earth Hour and use that time to spend having a conversation
- Educate your friends and family about Earth Hour via social media
- Engage your community to 'turn off'
- Organise a beach or street clean up
- Organise a candlelit vigil at 830pm
Don't Stop at Earth Hour
Earth Hour is the start of the conversation. Keep it going by choosing to reduce your impact on the environment:
- Choose reusables over single use plastic.
- Reduce your power output - hang clothes outside instead of tumble drying, use solar or wind power where wvailable, turn lights and electricity off when not using it
- Choose options with better packaging like shampoo bars and items with plastic free packaging
- Recycle - contact your local council to find out what can be recycled. Work with us to recycle your beauty products
- Share and Swap - share car rides, arrange clothing swaps and share ideas!
- Engage your local MP to see what is being done and get climate action higher on their agenda. The more we talk about it the more that will happen
You can find out more abour Earth Hour here.