Actions speak louder than words. Even actions as simple as switching off the lights.
This year Earth Hour will remind leaders of the historic commitments they made to tackle climate change at COP21 in Paris three months earlier. The theme is ‘This Earth Hour, Help Shine A Light On Climate Action’.
The European Union showed ambition at the Paris climate summit. It helped to rally the international community behind the target of keeping global temperature rise well below 2 degrees C and driving efforts to limit it even further to 1.5 degrees.
The EU now has the opportunity to reflect that ambition in its own policy, through upcoming proposals on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, the Emissions Trading System and the Effort-Sharing Decision.
The upcoming Environment Council on 4 March and EU summit on 17-18 March are chances for national governments to send a strong signal of the importance of maintaining the Paris momentum through more ambitious EU actions in the next decade and beyond.
Europeans will be watching to ensure governments walk their talk on climate action, continue to drive forward the energy transition and ensure nature protection. On 19 March, European citizens, businesses and local governments will turn out the lights to remind their elected leaders of the huge public support for strong action.
In 2015, lights were switched off all across Europe and at many iconic buildings such as the Colosseum, the Alhambra, the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, the Acropolis, St. Peter’s Basilica and London’s Houses of Parliament – as well as the European Union buildings. In addition, top ranking political leaders in the European Commission, and more than 110 Members of the European Parliament expressed their support for Earth Hour.
Europeans taking part in Earth Hour 2016 will be joined by millions of other around the world. Earth Hour is testament to our power to impact our climate, our planet. In 2015, 172 countries and territories participated with over 620,000 actions taken to change climate change. This makes WWF’s Earth Hour the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.
By turning off the power, people are empowering their message – that bold and meaningful action on climate change is needed today.
Find out more on www.earthhour.org