Earth Hour, taking place on Saturday 26th March 2022 at 8:30pm, is one of the world's largest movements for the planet. It gives us a chance to take a moment in solidarity, coming together to look after each other and our one shared home.
Now in its 15th year, the annual event is organised by WWF and partners across the world and led by the Earth Hour community. It reminds us that even small actions can make a big difference for nature and the planet.
I recently attended an Earth Hour reception at Westminster organised by WWF and pledged my support for a net-zero, nature-positive future for our landscapes where people and nature thrive alongside each other.
Lights around the world will go out for the hour, with many iconic Scottish landmarks participating including Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies. Hundreds of millions of people around the world are expected to take part by switching off the lights in their homes.
It’s Earth Hour this Saturday, a chance to come together and show our support for a more sustainable future.— Net Zero Scotland (@ScotGovNetZero) March 23, 2022
Show your support by switching off non-essential electronics at 8.30pm on 26th March and get involved in the movement. #EarthHour #LetsDoNetZero #ClimateChange pic.twitter.com/SCg1KbQ38i
There is a lot going on in the world at the moment but the climate emergency cannot and must not fall off the political agenda. Our very survival depends on us working together and taking action now.
Ultimately, it is those in positions of power with the greatest responsibility for taking action however WWF is encouraging people to measure their own environmental footprint with its online Footprint Calculator and by taking on challenges via the My Footprint app. For those who are keen to step up for the planet but unsure what action to take, the app provides a host of simple but effective actions to help make a difference on a daily basis. The My Footprint app is available from iOS and Android stores for free.
You can find out more about what's happening to turn Scotland into a net-zero nation at netzeronation.scot as well as ways that you can take action.
More information about Earth Hour is available on the WWF website.