Earth Hour is the world’s largest movement and shines a light on the need for climate action. Every year since it’s induction, people around the globe commit to turning off the lights for one hour. Earth hour is today, 24th March at 8:30 p.m. local time in whatever area of the planet you live in. Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, as a symbol of commitment to the planet. It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns across 187 countries and territories. Also read: Snapdeal’s Earth Hour store set to encourage energy conservation

This year Earth Hour celebrates 11 years of saving energy and raising awareness on the impact of climate change. Iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, India Gate, Space Needle, Las Vegas strip, Eiffel Tower and Big Ben all go dark for one hour in honor of Earth Hour. (Also read Earth Hour: Save electricity for better future, says Raje)

What is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is an annual campaign that draws the attention of people towards the climate change effects. Considered to be the most significant environmental, Earth Hour started in 2007 when first Earth Hour was held on March 31 in Sydney, Australia at 7:30 pm, local time. The inaugural event saw 2.2 million homes, businesses and individuals opt for ‘blackout’ (turn their lights off for one hour) to address the issue of climate change adversities globally. Earth Hour, the annual international event organised by the World-Wide Fund for Nature is done by generating awareness about the climate change adversities and asking people to switch off lights at homes and businesses for an hour at 8.30pm (20:30), local time. This worldwide phenomenon usually takes place on the last Saturday of March.

How is India observing Earth Hour 2017?

India has been one of the leading nations in showing their complete support and dedication towards Earth Hour initiative for the betterment of the planet. Apart from taking routine initiatives like switching off the landmark buildings, India has also planned events to make the Earth Hour 2018 more cherishing event. National capital city, Delhi will join a billion people across the globe to observe Earth Hour on March 24. WWF has partnered with Discom BSES that has urged Delhiites to be part of the Earth Hour 2018 initiative by switching off electrical appliances between 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Saturday.