Ever wonder why we have to turn off electricity in a matter of one at the 24th of March? It’s all about Earth Hour, a worldwide movement organised by the World Wide Fun for Nature (WWF) and it is held annually at the end of March. This annual event encourage individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off electrical lights in one hour starting from 08.30pm to 09.30pm on a specific day towards the end of March, as a symbol of commitment to the planet. Reducing electricity usage will also reduce carbon dioxide emission that create greenhouse effects.
The first Earth Hour starts back in 2007, when the issue of climate changes happen and it is where the WWF Australia met and discuss with advertising agency as well as media to start a lights out event. In 2006, the event was agreed to go and support by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore. The first Earth Hour was held at the 31st of March 2007 in Sydney, Australia at 07.30pm, local time. In the next year, the local time for Earth Hour changes to 08.00pm until 09.00pm, local time, immediately followed by the permanent local time for Earth Hour from 08.30pm to 09.30pm which was held in the 28th March, 2009.
In the later years, Earth Hour has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns across 187 countries and territories such as ASEAN countries, Middle East countries, European countries, African Countries, USA, and many other.