The eleventh edition of the Earth Hour was observed globally, including India, on 25 March 2017 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time. The focus of the global event was to engage people in critical climate conversations and solutions.
Highlights of Earth Hour 2017
• From New York to New Zealand, Paris to Paraguay millions of citizens came together to celebrate the event.
• 187 countries and territories celebrated the Earth Hour 2017. And, more than 3,000 landmarks switched off their lights and millions of individuals, businesses and organizations across seven continents stepped forward to change climate change.
• More than 350 ambassdors and influencers joined the Earth Hour 2017.
• Around 18,000 people donated their facebook feed that has a potential reach of 12 million users.
• To mark the occasion, iconic monuments, including India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Red Fort, Akshardham Temple, Qutab Minar, Safdarjung Tomb and Lotus Temple switched off their lights.
About Earth Hour
• It is a global environmental movement with a message to switch off non-essential lights for one hour. Every year, the event is observed on the last Saturday of March between 8:30 and 9:30 pm.
• Globally, it is being organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in association with the government, non-governmental organizations and individuals.
• The Earth Hour 2017 was the eleventh edition of the global celebration that started off as a one city event in Sydney, Australia in 2007.
• In 11 years, it has grown to become the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring individuals, communities, businesses and organizations in over 180 countries and territories to take tangible climate action.
About World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
• It is considered as one of the world’s largest and independent conservation organizations.
• The WWF has over 5 million supporters in over 100 countries.
• Its primary objective is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
• It seeks to achieve this objective by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful.
• It was established on 29 April 1961 with the slogan - For a Living Planet.