Time For Change

Time For Change

28 February, 2017
Earth Hour
25th March 2017
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Earth Hour is fast approaching, but many are still wonder what is Earth Hour and why did it start.

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the WWF.

The event is held annually and it encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses big or small to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, between 8:30pm to 9:30 pm as a symbol for their commitment to saving our planet.

It first started in 2007 in Sydney Australia. Since then, it has grown and grown to more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide including here in Hong Kong.

Here are some energy stats from previous Earth Hours –

- According to WWF Thailand, Bangkok decreased electricity usage by 73.34 megawatts, which s equivalent to 41.6 tones of carbon dioxide.

- In the Philippines, power consumption dropped by about 78.63 megawatts in Metro Manila and up to 102.2 megawatts on Luzon.

- Ontario Canada used approximately 900 megawatt-hours less electrical energy during Earth Hour. At one point, Toronto saw an 8.7% reduction in consumption as compared to a typical March Saturday night.

- The best result was from Christchurch, New Zealand, with the city reporting a drop of 13% in electricity demand.

- In Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, the lights of the world's tallest twin towers, the Petronas Towers were totally turned off.

- National Geographic Channel Asia and Cartoon Network have both suspended broadcasting previously from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

- In 2015 in Hong Kong, over 3,900 companies and buildings, all local universities and 310 primary and secondary schools gave their support.

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For more information and to sign up and take part, check out the WWF website.

Use #YourPower!

By: Ecozine Staff
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