Earth Hour

27th March 2020

8:30pm (local time)

We're switching off for earth hour, are you?

Make the #SwitchforNature

Make the #SwitchforNature during Earth Hour and reconnect with the natural environment.

 

Our unique biodiversity, meaning the wildlife and the natural places we love, face a perilous future if we don’t step up to protect our planet (and our home!) from the impacts of climate change.

So this Earth Hour, it’s easy for all Australians to show they care: simply make the #SwitchforNature.

 

The impacts of the climate emergency are being felt across our country more than ever before. During the catastrophic bushfires of 2019-20:

Over 19 million hectares of Australian land burnt during the 2020 fire season.
Nearly 3 billion native animals were impacted in the catastrophic bushfires.
Cities shrouded in toxic smoke haze.
Farms and regional towns devastated by drought.

2021 is the year everything changes, which is why this Earth Hour is the most important one for our planet. Will you sign up to make the #SwitchforNature?

When you sign up, you'll also get access to exclusive images to share on social media.

Earth Hour is our opportunity to protect the future of the one home we all share by ensuring the environment is at the top of the global agenda.

Sign up to make the #SwitchforNature this Earth Hour and join millions around the world.

The Stories of Earth Hour

2021 is the most important Earth Hour ever - the year everything changes.

This year, Earth Hour’s artwork highlights the issues impacting us as Australians every day.

2021 is the year we change the trajectory we’re on.
Click through to discover how making the switch for nature will help change the future.

Change starts now.

Why the Wi-Fi Symbol?

Did you know that Wi-Fi was invented in Australia? Since then, the Wi-Fi connect symbol has become instantly recognisable. Whether it’s at a cafe, the airport, or at the shops, we look out for this symbol whenever we want to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Earth Hour aims to spark conversations about what it takes to protect our planet. And it starts by connecting to nature. So, this year, we’re asking you to connect to the living network of all things: Australia’s precious natural environment.

 

Our 2021 artwork is designed to highlight climate issues and also connect to the things we enjoy from nature, like food, clean air, a stable climate and healthy oceans.

The ask is to  make the #SwitchforNature and join the movement for a renewables future.
 
Climate change affects our bushfire seasons, coral bleaching, food production when there’s little rain and water scarcity, and drives home the need to transition to clean energy.

2021: The new super year for the environment

 

2020 was set to be the biggest year yet for the United Nations. So big, that it was being called the “super year” for the environment. In response to the pandemic, the year’s schedule of important global meetings on environmental policy was put on hold to allow leaders to focus on slowing the spread of COVID-19.

2021 is the new super year for the environment. The catastrophic events of 2020 - the bushfires emergency and then the pandemic - have made it clear that our future and the future of our planet are intrinsically linked and both are under threat. What we do to the planet - we do to ourselves.

The meetings held this year are even more important in the wake of the pandemic, as countries work together to recover. These meetings are our opportunity to persuade global leaders to respond to the pandemic in a way that prioritises people and nature.

- High-Level Political Forum, 6-15 July 2021, New York, USA
- 76th UN General Assembly (UNGA), 14-30 September 2021, New York, USA
- UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-15), 17 May 2021, Kunming, China
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-26), 1-12 November 2021, Glasgow, Scotland

The future’s at stake and we are going to need our world’s leaders to act with urgency if we’re to save the one home we all share. Australia has the opportunity to support a sustainable global recovery by investing in a renewables future. Make the switch for nature this Earth Hour to support Australia’s switch to a renewables-based economy.

Take part in the biggest Earth Hour ever, with millions of people in 190 countries taking part to make the #SwitchforNature.

#SwitchOff and make this a super year!

Source: https://www.earthhour.org.au

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders as the first inhabitants and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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