Get ready to turn off your lights and take a stand for the environment, as Earth Hour 2023 approaches this weekend.
Tomorrow, March 25 at 8.30 pm, Australians will be joining millions of individuals, businesses, schools, and landmarks worldwide in symbolic support of action on climate change and nature loss.
Earth Hour was born in Sydney in 2007 and has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, with supporters in over 190 countries and territories and more than 7,000 cities. This year’s event aims to raise awareness of the importance of trees and nature to wildlife, communities, and people’s mental and physical well-being.
WWF-Australia is urging participants to take #TimeOutForNature by switching off for an hour or more and reflecting on the incredible benefits that nature provides. Celebrity supporters, such as WWF-Australia Partner and Neighbours actor Matty Wilson, are encouraging Australians to sign up at earthhour.org.au and stand up for stronger action on climate change and biodiversity loss.
“Nature needs a time out. We need to press ‘pause’ on nature loss and work together to protect our natural ecosystems and restore what we’ve lost.” WWF-Australia’s CEO Dermot O’Gorman said.
Every year, an estimated 70 million trees are being destroyed or damaged in Australia, contributing to climate change and Eastern Australia’s designation as one of 24 global deforestation hotspots, the only developed nation on the list. To secure a healthy future for people and nature, urgent action is needed to reverse the loss of nature and combat climate change by 2030.
Joining the cause are Australian names such as Cody Simpson, Victoria Lee, Bronte Campbell, and Sam Harris, who will be switching off and standing up for greater action on climate change this year. Even major international landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, will go dark in support of Earth Hour.
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For those who sign up to switch off, WWF-Australia and Tasmanian Walking Company are offering a chance to win a dream wilderness escape for two on the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, a luxury walking holiday that traverses Australia’s remote landscape while immersing visitors in its unique nature.
So sign up and switch off at earthhour.org.au. If you’re interested in sharing your experience on social media, you can use the official Earth Hour hashtag: #TimeOutForNature.
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