What are the benefits of Earth hour 2017 and how to participate?
A decrease in power consumption, that is just the side effect of Earth hour project despite official organizers WWF stating that the event is not about the reduction in electricity. A number of public institutions reported on electricity savings in their cities to see participation numbers.
What is Earth hour?
Earth hour 2017, A turning off non-essential lights event by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) will be on March 25, 2017 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. towards the end of March.
The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.
The idea of a large scale switch off was coined and developed in 2006, originally under the working title “The Big Flick”. WWF Australia presented their concept to Fairfax Media who, along with Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, agreed to back the event. The 2007 Earth Hour was held on March 31 in Sydney, Australia at 7:30 pm, local time.
Reduce energy consumption
The Canadian province of Ontario, excluding the city of Toronto, saw a decrease of 6% in electricity usage while Toronto saw a decrease of 15.1% (nearly doubled from 8.7% the previous year) as many businesses darkened, including the landmark CN Tower.
The Philippines was able to save 611 MWh of electricity during the time period, which is said to be equivalent to shutting down a dozen coal-fired power plants for an hour.
Swedish electricity operator Svenska Kraftnät recorded a 2.1% decrease in power consumption from its projected figure between 8 p.m. and 9 pm. The following hour, the corresponding number was 5%. This is equivalent to the consumption of approximately half a million households out of the total 4.5 million households in Sweden.
Facts about Earth hour
Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action.
Why Earth hour is important?
Earth Hour is more than an event. It is a movement. Over the last 10 years, that have achieved massive environmental impact. The movement also saw campaigns to help protect Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the launch of a Blue Sky App in China, and the delivery of thousands of wood efficient stoves to communities in Madagascar.
Earth Hour is an initiative to encourage individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take accountability for their ecological footprint and engage in dialogue and resource exchange that provides real solutions to our environmental challenges. Participation in Earth Hour symbolizes a commitment to change beyond the hour. Earth hour 2017 important facts and how can you participate / Image