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Earth Hour

Every year, there is an hour dedicated to our earth. Last Saturday it was that time again: many lights around the world were switched off. From 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm local time people switched their lights off and in particular famous buildings like the Sydney Opera House or the Empire State Building turned off their illumination. This event is called ‘Earth Hour’ and it all started back in 2007 as a small grassroots movement in Sydney, Australia. Nowadays it is one of the biggest environmental movements and every year, hundreds of millions of people, famous landmarks, local businesses, and community groups across the world take part in Earth Hour events and activities.

This event draws our attention to the world and lets us do something good for the environment. While lighting up the night may look meaningful to us at the first sight, actually it is not. Our environment suffers greatly from constant lighting. The day and night rhythm of many animals gets disturbed and nature’s balance is upset. Consequently, it will affect us and the earth negatively.

Turning the light off also contributes to saving energy and resources and helps our planet to recover.

‘What if an hour wasn't just an hour … but the spark we need for change? An Hour reminding us to make all other hours count.’ — Earth Hour

The quote above points to the fact that while it is just one hour like all others, it still has an important message for us. All things start small, but as they develop, they can still make a significant difference. This hour should remind us of the marvelous nature surrounding us and that we need to act to preserve it. In that sense, the Earth Hour is also a first step towards a climate-neutral life on earth. And let us be honest with ourselves: It is not particularly difficult to switch off the lights for an hour once a year, is it?

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