At every turn it can seem like there is a new environmental crisis; this week Reuters reported that global carbon emissions were hitting historic highs, a week before that Cape Town, South Africa declared a drought. Last month a diver in Bali filmed himself swimming through oceans of rubbish, while rivers in Manchester have the highest microplastic pollution levels in the world.
Clearly, a response is needed which, as last Saturday’s Earth Hour demonstrated, is growing in size and support. Landmarks from New York to Kuala Lumpur switched off the lights, with related hashtags making 3.5 billion impressions on Twitter. In Africa, 24 countries came together to highlight their difficulties in accessing freshwater, a global problem further highlighted by the work of The Value of Water, which brings together governments as well as public and private water leaders, and World Water Day. In total over 187 countries took part in Earth Hour to try and hear what the planet is telling us.
Listening to our planet is the essential mission of Earth Hour to help us, as a species, listen to our planet. Only without the hum of the refrigerator and the buzz of the TV can we truly hear what the earth is telling us and so, Earth Hour is more than just a symbolic lights out, it is the one time where people come together to listen. This is what made one of the most successful Earth Hours ever last week so successful, even though there is more to do, it proved that there is an appetite to listen and make changes.
Top Three Tips for the Planet
- Use less electricity. Power plants use thousands of gallons of water to cool. Do your part to conserve power and you’re indirectly saving water, and money, too!
- Re-use your pasta cooking liquid. Instead of dumping that water down the drain, try draining your pasta water into a large pot. Once it cools, you can use it to water your plants.
- Give up bottled water. Cut Down on waste by using a refillable bottle – new government legislation means this will soon save you money as well!