EACH of us has a role to play in helping make the world a better place and how better than by simply switching off your lights for an hour from 8.30pm to mark Earth Hour on Saturday March 19.
Light some candles, flick those switches, and become part of WWF’s global “grassroots movement” to protect our planet.
This year is particularly special for Ireland as Dubliner Louise Maguire (left) has been recognised as one of WWF’s Earth Hour ambassadors because of her work in encouraging her local community to care about the planet’s future.
Earth Hour for everyone
The second level student, who is planning to host a candlelit dinner to raise funds for WWF, says she believes we all have a duty to protect the Earth for future generations, adding:
“Earth Hour is a simple but highly effective way to show you care about the planet while highlighting how small individual lifestyle changes can make a big difference to our environment.”
Bells to ring for Earth Hour
Separately, Dublin-based composer Sinéad Finegan is the brains behind Clarion Call, which is calling on churches of all faiths across Ireland to ring out their bells during Earth Hour to symbolise their commitment to safeguarding the planet.
“Bells have always been a way of communicating important messages to people, and here we have a chance to use their musical call to awaken people’s sense of hope for the future, and, more importantly, to convert this into tangible action against climate change,” says Sinéad.
From small beginnings – WWF organised the first event in Sydney Australia in 2007 – Earth Hour has grown rapidly, with 2015 seeing 172 countries, and over 1,200 famous landmarks, and dozens of UNESCO world heritage sites, being plunged into darkness for an hour.
Be involved in Earth Hour
If you would like to learn more about Earth Hour just visit wwf.org.uk/earthhour or take part in the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #EarthHour and @wwf.