Earth Hour is an environmental initiative which started in Australia in 2007 that has now become a global movement. For 60 minutes, people around the world SWITCH OFF their lights not only as a symbolic action but also a contribution for a more sustainable environment. This year, Earth Hour also asks us to SWITCH ON to clean and renewable energy.
ANU consistently runs the best Earth Hour events as acknowledged by Earth Hour Australia. ANU is serious about its contributions to environmental management and sustainability. The university has courses focusing on environment and climate change. Waste management is emphasized and being implemented everywhere–from dormitories to offices. Last night, I briefly attended the Earth Hour event here on campus. At 8:30, lights were switched off (though not all due to security reasons, I heard), traditional performances and the fire show started.
I hope that initiatives like this is not only an annual commitment. Everyday is an opportunity for us to contribute in saving the only home we have. Simple actions such as turning off lights and appliances when not in use surely make a difference. Despite the environmental challenges we face today and especially of the generations after us, Earth Hour and other forms of support for the protection of the environment prove that there is still hope. And like hope that flickers during hard times, the sky was much brighter last night as the moon watches from above and the stars smile upon the Earth.
Did you switch off for Mother Earth?