We all love our Blue Planet, don’t we? But is that enough -- the fact that we profess an unbridled passion for our earth? No, it’s not enough!
Yes, while we love our planet and everything that lives upon it, it’s painful to see a large number of species dying, rivers drying up, glaciers melting, unseasonal rains damaging crops, barren lands forcing migration of millions, cities grappling with life-suffocating pollution, rising sea levels, new and more frequent weather extremes, shrinking water supplies, dropping crop yields, burning forests, oceans turning more acidic, and so on.
Something is just not right with the way we humans have been treating our earth, albeit we keep saying we love it.
But, as they say, where there’s a will there’s a way.
It’s the love for the earth that inspired some concerned people to come together and join hands in a ‘moment’ that went on to become a ‘movement’. We are talking about Earth Hour: The world’s largest grassroots movement that has fueled never-before- had conversations on nature and inspired brainstorming sessions on how to go about the task of preserving the unique diversity of life we share our home with!
Starting as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has gone on to become the largest grassroots movement working for the cause of the environment, inspiring millions to take up the gauntlet on behalf of our planet and nature.
Tonight at 8:30 PM, in a global solidarity with this movement, people all across the world switch off electricity aiming to safeguard our nature.
Every year millions of people, businesses and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights and make noise for the Earth Hour movement.
Coordinated by the WWF and other volunteer organisations, Earth Hour’s greatest source of strength is the people, who have stood firmly behind this movement, pleading with their governments to bring in environment-friendly laws and policies so as to secure a better morrow for the future generations.
While switching off comes as a result of concerted efforts, it’s largely aimed at drawing attention of policymakers towards an accelerating climate change and staggering biodiversity loss that threaten the planet and puts a big question mark on sustainability of the resources on the earth.
A pretty wide range of activities are lined up to mark this day, from candle-lit dinners to stargazing, or simply switching off the lights for an hour, putting on a gig or concert, screening a movie, or hosting an Earth Hour party!
So, what are you planning to do to support Earth Hour?
Have you participated in Earth Day events as yet? Do you think it’s the perfect occasion to show our solidarity with and commitment to preserving our environment to ensure a better morrow for our future generations? Drop us a line in the comments below and don't forget to like and share this article!
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