Earth Hour 2016

 

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An illuminated globe is placed in front of the Brandenburger Gate in Berlin ahead of the the global climate change awareness campaign “Earth Hour” on March 28, 2015. (Photo credit John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

If you’re looking for a simple way to make an environmental impact, you can start with participating in Earth Hour on March 19th! Around the world, between 8:30-9:30 PM, 172 countries will participate and turn their lights off consecutively (based on local time). It’s a global movement to raise awareness about climate change, and to demonstrate support for protecting the environment. Since its inception in 2007, by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour has served as a platform to push for environmental legislation. Following Earth Hour in 2015, policy was enacted that: fought deforestation in Uganda, stopped oil drilling in the Artic of Russia, created a new national park in Malaysia, and formed strong climate change legislation in Switzerland and Scotland (source).

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Join Roosevelt University and millions around the world during Earth Hour, and turn off your lights between 8:30-9:30 PM on March 19th.  Turning off your lights is an act of solidarity that shows the importance of preserving our environment and reversing global warming. It’s a small act that goes a long way to promote a more sustainable world. This request applies whether you are on campus, or at home during Earth Hour. See more pictures of blacked-out cities that participated in 2015, and detailed statistics in the Earth Hour Report.

Earth Hour is also a precursor for many Earth Month events and contests coming up in April. Please be on the lookout for more ways to participate!

Questions or comments? Contact Rebecca Quesnell, RU’s Sustainable Operations Coordinator at rquesnell@roosevelt.edu.

 

Author: Reece Krishnan, SUST Student

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