Earth Hour – 60 minutes of darkness in the name of saving the planet

  • 28 March 2015 | Daphney Mngomeni

It’s lights out tonight, but only for an hour, as people across the world celebrate the 9th annual Earth Hour.

The first Earth Hour, which took place in Sydney, Australia, in 2007 has since grown into a worldwide movement with 7 000 cities across the globe taking part, uniting millions of people in support of tackling the environmental challenges that have been plaguing the planet for years.

Earth Hour aims to encourage people to lower their energy consumption every day by taking small steps that will have a huge effect in the long run.

Things like switching to energy-efficient lightbulbs, turning off and unplugging electrical appliances such as chargers, televisions and microwaves when not using them, using less hot water when bathing and switching off geysers when not in use, can go a long way.

Be part of the movement and switch your lights off tonight from 8.30pm and 9.30pm. Don’t let it end there though – do your bit for the environment every day of the year.