For over a decade the entire globe joins the most massive movement in the world, also know as Earth Hour. Under the initiative of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) it takes place on the last Saturday of March (or, in case it coincides with the Holy Saturday, second to last).
Movement originated in Australia, and when it launched, all participant only needed to turn off the lights for 60 minutes, giving the first name of the movement – The Big Switch. However, since the idea spread across the world like wildfire, the following year it was renamed into Earth Hour. No longer it was just switching off the lights – since then, the spotlight has been taken by the idea of raising awareness about ecology-related problems, such as light pollution, usage of fossil fuels and so on. The movement, however, is purely symbolic, since there’s very small practical impact on amount of emissions, usage of electricity, etc.
During the Earth Hour, private citizens, governmental institutions, small businesses and corporations alike can join the movement by turning off all non-vital electrical appliances aside from elevators, thus showing the dedication to the idea of protecting the environment and planet’s future.
This year Earth Hour falls on March 30, between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Movement-related events, will take place all across Belarus. In Minsk, for example, National Art Museum will host a workshop on waste management and several eco-tours around the museum (at the beginning of each hour between 3 pm and 7 pm) which would analyze the exhibition not only using artistic approach, but also from the viewpoint of modern ecology situation.
Last year Earth Hour united over 2 billion people from 188 countries across the world; more than 18 000 landmarks went dark as well.