On March 28 at 8:30pm, people, businesses and iconic buildings around the world will switch off their lights for one hour to encourage world leaders to work together to tackle climate change. Global landmarks including Nelson’s Column, the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House will be plunged into darkness in support of the World Wildlife Fund’s annual Earth Hour. More than 2,000 cities from 80 countries have signed up so far. The organisation hopes at least a billion people will take part.
This year’s event marks the start of a new WWF campaign to convince governments to agree effective action against climate change. “December’s UN climate summit in Copenhagen is their last chance to get it right, so we need to ensure they know we care,” reads a statement on the WWF website. Earth Hour was first held in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, when 2.2 million people doused their lights in support of the campaign. A year later, that support encircled the globe: more than 370 cities in 35 countries joined the cause. “WWF’s Earth Hour will send a strong signal to global leaders that millions of people are relying on them to take strong steps to tackle climate change when they meet at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen this December,” said Colin Butfield, Head of Campaigns at WWF-UK.
Global Warming isn’t hard to explain
It leaves Mother Earth crying with excruciating pain.
This hurts our planet in every single way
The changes could leave us all in sorrow and dismay.
We need to stop it now so the temperature doesn’t rise
People, plants, and animals would be in demise.
Changes in temperature due to the depleting ozone layer
We really don’t need it so show us that you care.
Mother Nature can’t do it all so let’s give her a rest.
We all need to try and do what is best.
Our planet earth is precious and can’t be replaced
We need to act now or our home will be erased.
By Erylynn in Hawaii