#madeinEarthHour [40 of 60] | In 2013, one hotel’s ‘green resolution’, which was backed by the local government and the city’s biggest businesses, led a city movement in Macau to observe Earth Hour, EVERY MONTH!
This has inspired cities and hotels globally to follow suit, creating symbolic reminders across city skylines that protecting the planet is an ongoing commitment.
More than just a 60 minute event, Earth Hour was created to build an interconnected global community that share the mutual goal of creating a sustainable future for the planet.
#madeinEarthHour [38 of 60] | 3.5 metric tons of waste was collected from the banks of the Thimpu river on the morning of 29th March this year! Register at bit.ly/1m0P3XR to do your part for 2015. More than 400 people wearing Earth Hour t-shirts gathered for the river cleaning campaign to celebrate Earth Hour in Bhutan.
The waste, mostly plastic and other recyclable material was separated and then handed over to Thimphu’s first young and successful waste management entrepreneur to recycle. Various organisations together withWWF Bhutan organised the campaign.
Images © WWF-Bhutan
#madeinEarthHour [37 of 60] The beautiful city of Cape Town in South Africa was awarded Global Earth Hour Capital 2014 by WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge! Register at http://bit.ly/1m0P3XR for updates on the Earth Hour City Challenge in 2015.
The city has taken bold steps towards transitioning its energy system away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy with its roll out of a solar water heating program and is recognised for its ambition and pioneering actions to combat climate change.
Community engagement on sustainability issues and strong progress with energy efficiency also helped Cape Town win the title. Over 160 cities from 14 countries joined the competition, more than double the participation from last year.
The City Challenge also awarded the cities of Khunan, Thailand and Medellin, Colombia for its social media campaign We Love Cities. Over 300,000 votes were received from people around the world to select their most loveable of 33 finalist cities and also send in their suggestions online of how to make them more sustainable
#madeinEarthHour [36 of 60] Children across the world are the new generation of Superheroes for the planet. In Mongolia, school children are creating EH posters, in Madagascar they are celebrating Reforestation Day and in India, WWF is launching a year-long education campaign for 15,000 schools! Join them. Register for Earth Hour 2015 at http://bit.ly/1m0P3XR.
Scroll through these images for more inspiring stories about Earth Hour in schools. Have your own Earth Hour story? Tell us in the comments!#yourpower
#madeinEarthHour [35 of 60] | Can you guess which blockbuster produced by Sony Pictures is the most eco-friendly? Here’s a clue - Andrew Garfield. Find out more at http://bit.ly/1qlwqPx. Through its efforts, the studio will receive Gold Standard carbon offsets that render the entire physical production of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as well as its publicity tour, carbon-neutral.
They are supporting the Giant Panda habitat in China by installing 80 efficient woodstoves in local households in a village neighbouring the giant panda habitat. This WWF China and Earth Hour Blue project prevents deforestation in the habitat of the Giant Panda.
#madeinEarthHour [34 of 60] | Did you know this year more than 70,000 images were uploaded to Instagram by people around the world taking part in Earth Hour?!
For the past two years, the team at Instagram has even written about Earth Hour on their official blog and featured the movement on their own Instagram account! If you haven’t yet, make sure you head to our Instagram page at instagram.com/earthhourofficial and don’t forget to register for Earth Hour 2015 atwww.earthhour.org/join-the-community
Landmarks Go Dark for Earth Hour 2014
On Saturday, March 29, people around the world celebrate Earth Hour (@earthhourofficial), a global movement celebrating environmental consciousness. From 8:30PM to 9:30PM in each region’s local time, people across the planet switch off their lights to raise awareness of environmental issues and climate change.
In addition to individual residences, many of the world’s major landmarks go dark for the event, granting locals and visiting Instagrammers alike a rare perspective on these famous buildings. For more photos from the darkened landmarks, explore the location pages below:
- Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
- Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan
- Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan
- Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany
- Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
- London Eye, London, United Kingdom
- Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
- Empire State Building, New York City, New York, USA
- Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA
- Space Needle, Seattle, Washington, USA
This year, Earth Hour launched a crowd-funding campaign that allows people to back projects to help build sustainable communities, protect species and much more. For more information on Earth Hour and their projects, check out earthhour.org.
#madeinEarthHour [33 of 60] | This year was truly the year of the Superhero for Earth Hour, and none other than Spider-Man himself chose to join forces with our movement after seeing all of the actions everyday people were taking to make a better planet. From fishermen in the Philippines building climate-smart boats, to Earth Hour Champion teams in Indonesia cleaning their cities, to executives in Macau helping businesses become more energy efficient and scouts in the Maldives saving their home. Get inspired and watch the video that was screened at Earth Hour events around the world, and don’t forget to register for Earth Hour 2015 at www.earthhour.org/join-the-community
#madeinEarthHour [32 of 60] | Earth Hour has had its fair share of Hollywood stars come out in support for a better planet. But did you know, some of the biggest celebrities from across India have joined our movement?
In the past, big names such as Sachin Tendulkar, Abhishek Bachchan, Amir Khan, Vidya Balan and Ajay Devgan have supported the campaign. This year, actor Arjun Kapoor was named national ambassador alongside several regional stars including Mir (Kolkata), Anirudh (Chennai), Tilak (Bengaluru) and Ram Charan (Hyderabad) who promoted the campaign across different regions.
WWF-India uses the big “switch off” to promote a broader “switch on” to renewable energy in the country. Crowdfunding efforts were geared towards the installation of solar lights in villages that will help reduce tiger strayings. More than $21,000 USD was raised for the protect to protect villages and tigers, of which only 3,200 remain in the wild around the world.
Images © Rannvijay Singh (Facebook Page); WWF-India; Dipankar Ghose/WWF-India; WWF-India
#madeinEarthHour [31 of 60] | The Earth Hour Forest is an ongoing project from WWF-Uganda that aims to fill 2,700 hectares of degraded land with at least half a million indigenous trees. Since its beginnings in 2013, more than 120 hectares has been planted with an estimated 36,000 trees! Standard Chartered Bank was the ﬁrst corporate to join the initiative, and have set a target to reforest 109 Hectares with a total of 18,421 indigenous tree species over 3 years. The Kampala Serena Hotel has also committed to plant 40 Hectares this year.
This year WWF-Uganda also launched ‘Light Up A Village’, an Earth Hour Blue crowdfunding project that aims to provide solar lights and energy efficient mud stoves to families living around the Earth Hour Forest. In a truly Super Hero feat, the community around the forest managed to convince Jamie Foxx to support their project!Images © WWF-Uganda
#madeinEarthHour [30 of 60] - Since 2012, around 600 people from the Aasayi village in Etawah district, India have organised their own Earth Hour event to raise awareness about deforestation, biodiversity and saving energy.
This village is located in an area known for its rich biodiversity on the riverbank of the 1,376km long Yamuna river, which runs through several states of India. Every year organisers share beautiful images of participants from the village creating a human 60+ logo, and this year the community was also made aware about the importance of solar energy as a local solution to the global climate change issue.
The village’s participation shows just how far Earth Hour reaches as a platform for people to take action to protect our planet from anywhere in the world.
Images © Red Tape Movement/Prabhat Misra
#madeinEarthHour [29 of 60] | Don’t get confused and put the fabric bag to use. This ‘HoraDelPlaneta’ campaign in the Galápagos islands to protect wildlife will lead to certain plastic products being banned! Visit bit.ly/1zQaItW to see other amazing outcomes for this year and register for Earth Hour 2015.
The Galapagos Government Council, the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park and WWF in Galapagos joined forces to reduce and eventually ban the use of plastic t-shirt bags, disposable cups and straws from Galapagos.
The legislation is expected to pass this year. The event, campaign and signature platform launched for Earth Hour 2014 helped move this process which was ﬁled in 2012. WWF is part of the commission working on the legislation.
Image © WWF Galapagos Programme
Flash Mob in Korea
#madeinEarthHour [27 of 60] | Watch Earth Hour Korea supporters bust out the moves to Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ in this awesome, perfectly coordinated flash mob that uses lights from mobile phones!
How did you celebrate Earth Hour 2014? Share your stories in the comments or at earthhour.org/stories.
© WWF Korea
#madeinEarthHour [26 of 60] | Check out the Earth Hour Playlist for some of the iconic songs that have been featured in Earth Hour’s videos!
SHARE with us what YOU think the next Earth Hour song should be!