Earth Hour in 2015 will once again be shining a light on the severity of global warming. On Saturday, March 28, people around the world are encouraged to switch off their lights and (if you can) electricity to power down the world and join millions of other people to help spread awareness and encourage discussion about ways to live a greener and eco-friendly life.
The Earth Hour will also be used to celebrate Aussie food and farmers, and remind Australians of the urgent need to tackle the ever present problem of global warming. Our supply of fresh, healthy and homegrown food is suffering from rising temperatures, lack of rainfall and vast spells of dry-heat that is unnatural to most areas. Flooding, drought, fires and changes in pests and weeds are affecting the very farms that supply 93% of the food we eat.
Over seven million people in Australia took part in Earth Hour 2014, and that number is expected to increase in 2015. In 2007, Earth Hour was launched in Sydney by a grass-roots movement and caused 2.2million people to ‘switch-off’ for climate change. Since then the event has grown larger and attracts more businesses and large companies to partake in the event every year, with over 35 countries and an expected 50-100 million people taking part in 2015.
Families, friends, schools and communities across the countries are encouraged to register their support at earthour.org.au, host or attend an Earth Hour gathering, dinner or BBQ in their community on Earth Hour night, and get active on social media in the lead up to and during Earth Hour using the hashtag #appetiteforchange.