The world is changing fast. Everyday, people, animals, places and the things we love are affected by climate change. Year after year, we are experiencing the impacts of climate change more than ever. That is why, people are already preparing for the Earth Hour 2020 to take action in saving the planet.

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the environment, uniting millions of people, to make a significant change. This “lights out” event started in 2007 and has grown to more than 17,900 landmarks in 188 countries switching off their lights in solidarity with the planet.

It is the time of the year to take action after we have taken nature for granted for too long. 

For most cities in the Philippines, especially in Metro Manila, it is very unusual to feel a strong earthquake. But last year, the city dwellers have felt one of the strongest quakes, alarming the whole country to be careful and prepare for “The Big One” that scientists are sure to come that could hit us sooner than expected.

According to the United Nations, global biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented and alarming rate and the planet is on the verge of runaway global warming. In 2019, the report by scientists at IPBES, an Intergovernmental Platform of experts assessing biodiversity threats, showed that one million plants and animal species are currently threatened with extinction and (on average) more than 25 percent of documented species are under threat. 

WWF said that the last decade was the hottest ever recorded. Last year was also a year of disaster for some parts of the world. Remember the wildfires in Australia and Amazon? It killed more than one billion animals and at least 28 people, and destroyed millions of acres of land.  And these point to climate change as a factor making natural disasters go from bad to worse.

This alarming reality demands strong and vigorous global action to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet. Preserving nature is crucial and giving up is not an option. We CAN and MUST secure a future worth having for the planet and its inhabitants.

The need is stronger than ever! It’s never been more important to make climate matter.

How to take Part in Earth Hour 2020

From a UN report, scientists predict that we only have ten years left to reverse the current trend of environmental degradation. We are running out of time. There is no perfect time to take action than now. Here are the things that you can do to save the planet.

1. Switch off everything for an hour

The whole idea and DNA of the Earth Hour movement is to switch off lights for an hour. But why stop there? You can make more impact by switching off other appliances such as air-conditioners, internet, computer, etc.

2. Be aware of the issues and possible solutions

Awareness is the first step before action so it is best to learn more about the issues and solutions. 

3. Attend a digital Earth hour event

In the wake of the current health crisis, you can attend many online events like Voice for the Planet or join a live stream to see how people across the world are participating in it.

4. Live sustainably

Simple changes in the way you live can have a significant impact on our planet. Even the smallest way like avoiding single-use plastic and recycling materials can go a long way.

5. Spread the word

You don’t need to be a celebrity or an influencer to make a voice. You can spread the word about Earth Hour 2020 even just by posting it on your social media accounts or by word of mouth to your family and friends. Tell them about the Earth Hour Philippines and take action together.

On March 28, cities across the world will go dark as the globe comes together in the fight against climate change.

Earth Hour Philippines will be at 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

 

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