Beyond the Hour

History of Earth Hour

Earth Hour first began in 2007 in Australia as an attempt to conserve energy and electricity to combat global warming. Over the years, the event has made great strides and has attracted the attention of people all over the world. Now, more than 100 countries participate and help to conserve and prevent the spread of global warming and climate changes. The event consists of groups of participants shutting off lights and unnecessary electrical items for one hour one day a year. The first year alone, more than 2 million residents and businesses in Sydney took part.

In 2008, Earth Hour had already grown in popularity and this year, 35 countries participated with more than 50 million people involved. Many of the well-known international landmarks, including the Coca Cola Billboard in Times Square and the Colosseum in Rome took part in the event and stood in darkness for one hour. 2009 saw even more growth with over 4000 cities located in 88 countries involved. This marked the world’s largest initiative against global climate change.

In 2010, Earth Hour continued becoming widely known and this year, over 120 countries participated. Many large territories and iconic buildings shut out the lights for the hour and landmarks from Europe to the Americas enjoyed the hour of darkness to take a stand. Since the years since 2007 were so successful, 2011 was the first year that people were asked to go for longer than the original hour of time. This was an attempt to get people to think about how they can all make a difference by reducing consumption of energy.

Last year, Earth Hour was honoured by over 135 countries. This marked a massive increase since the event started in a single city. With thousands, if not millions of individuals joining forces against global warming, Earth Hour became internationally known. It is expected that the event this year will surpass all other years in terms of countries and cities involved. As Earth Hour nears, more and more people and businesses are starting to spread the world in hopes of informing others of the event and the cause. It is believed that his will be the best year so far, with people planning to exceed the one hour of darkness in hopes of saving more energy and electricity than ever before.


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