As Climate Records Shatter, Lights Dim Worldwide in 'Call to Switch on Our Collective Power'

October 5, 2020 0 By PENTICTONLAWYERS

Cities worldwide turned off their lights for an hour Saturday night to mark this year’s Earth Hour and highlight the pressing need for global climate action.

According to the Earth Hour movement’s website, 2016’s celebration—the tenth time the annual event has taken place—was the biggest ever, with an “unprecedented 178 countries and territories” taking part,” and including “1.23 million individual climate actions, from petitions to on-the-ground activities.

“Every light switch turned off represents a call to switch on our collective power and be the first line of defense for our planet as we form the frontlines of climate change,” said Siddarth Das, Executive Director of Earth Hour Global.

First started by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007 with a single event Sydney, Australia, this year’s Earth Hour comes on the heels of “an ominous milestone in our march toward an ever-warmer planet”—data from NASA showing that February 2016 was the warmest February in recorded history and “deviated more from normal than any month on record.”

It also comes roughly three months after the UN climate talks in Paris ended with a historic deal.