Climate change is real and the need to protect our environment has never been greater. Over the last few years, organisations and individuals have all been playing their part as they lobby for more attention and support for such issues; Earth Hour is one of these examples.
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement initiated by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). This annual event is the biggest switch-off event as millions of people from across the world switch off their lights for an hour and organise events within their own homes and communities.
Over the years, various cities have also shown their support for the cause by turning off their lights across major landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Buckingham Palace, the Eiffel Tower and more.
Keen to be part of this movement but not sure how? Here are 7 simple ways to do so:
1. Be at an Earth Hour event
Some of Bangkok’s biggest landmarks such as the Grand Palace and Rama IX Bridge will be turning their lights off for an hour. There will also be festivals and events organized throughout the weekend of Earth Hour!
There’s no better way to participate than to immerse yourself in one of these events!
2. Travel lite
If you are already heading out with your loved ones for the weekend, why not opt for a greener mode of transport? Reduce your carbon footprint by considering other alternatives to driving such as walking, riding a bicycle or an electric-scooter - which produces zero carbon emission.
By doing so, you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic - which would also generate lots of unnecessary carbon dioxide in the process. You will get to save time and save the environment at the same time! How cool is that?
Explore the Marina Bay area on wheels
Pro-Tip: If you are planning to attend the Earth Hour event at MBS (Singapore),do check out Neuron’s scooters which are located at various parking stations within the area. It is definitely the easier way of travelling around.
3. Off your lights
It might be one of those lazier kind of weekends, and the great thing about Earth Hour is that you can be a part of it from the comfort of your own home! Simply switch off your lights within your household to show your support.
4. Go green
Did you know that meat consumption also has a negative impact on our environment? Livestock farming contributes to 18% of human produced greenhouse gas emissions worldwide (Source) and that is more than the total from the transport sector!
We don’t have to turn vegan overnight, but we can definitely play our part by reducing our consumption by eating less meat, for instance by having a #MeatlessMonday weekly. Might not seem much to begin with, but the impact can be substantial if everyone chips in.
5. Sustainable living
'Single-use’ was termed the word of the year in 2018 by Collins Dictionary, and they commonly refer to products which are made from plastic to be used only once, before getting thrown away.
In the past year, international brands have also showed their support for the cause by banning single-use plastic straws. You can start making your lifestyle more sustainabe by getting your own metal straw and reusable cutleries too. Remember - refuse first, before considering reducing, reusing and recycling. Check out online shops such as The Sustainability Project and Seastainable Co. as they provide international shipping.
6. Spread the word
"Instagram it, or it didn’t happen!” Spread the love on social media, tell all your friends, family about Earth Hour - how did it happen? What did you do? The most effective means of communication is probably through word of mouth and it is important that we get these messages out to a bigger audience!
7. Take action
Environmental-friendly efforts shouldn’t just be constrained to a single day. Start making small changes to your life today, for a better tomorrow.
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