Earth Hour is a global movement organised by the WWF that takes place annually around the world from 8:30 - 9:30pm on the last Saturday of March. This year, that means Earth Hour will be held on Saturday 26th March.
Each year, Earth Hour encourages individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take positive actions for the environment by switching off their lights for one designated hour.
Beginning as a symbolic blackout event in Sydney back in 2007, Earth Hour has since evolved into one of the largest global grassroots movements aimed at environmental change (encompassing climate action beyond electricity usage), with the yearly lights-out event now extending into around 180 countries.
Switch off non-essential lights in your buildings, facilities and signage during Earth Hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For offices that are closed over the weekends ensure your employees switch off lights when they leave on Friday evening. For larger buildings, plan ahead with facilities and building managers to manage the logistics of switching off non-essential lighting for Earth Hour including neon lights – in and around your properties.
In the lead up to Earth Hour, organise an event for your team to come together and discuss how your company is currently approaching environmental sustainability and what actions you could take to improve in the future (big and small!).
For a bit of inspiration, you could start by watching (in-person or virtually) this “Our Planet: Our Business” film that gives some background on the climate crisis and how businesses can play a positive role.
Earth Hour have developed their own Employee Engagement Handbook with even more ideas here.
The impact of your positive actions is amplified when you talk about them with others.
Anyone can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? Take your commitment to taking part in Earth Hour and turn it into tangible action by taking responsibility for your business's carbon footprint.
If you haven’t already - measure the carbon footprint of your business (trace can help with that!) so you know your ‘baseline’, offset your existing emissions and then see the impact of your future reduction initiatives.
Then, share the climate positive steps your business is taking, on your website, social media or other channels, including how you’re reducing the carbon emissions produced by your business. In the spirit of Earth Hour’s “switch-off” theme, you might choose to start by focusing on the emissions created by your energy usage.
Here are just a few ideas, specific to energy, to get you started:
The team at trace can help you understand even more ways your business can reduce its carbon footprint. To learn more, get in touch with us here.
If you’re posting about Earth Hour on social media, be sure to use the hashtags #ShapeOurFuture, #EarthHour and #positivetrace, and tag @earthhourofficial and @our_trace so we can see what you get up to!