Pollution, deforestation, industrial sobs and many other human activities are slowly contributing towards devastation of the planet Earth. Various human activities are leading to the development of the human race but they are simultaneously damaging our Mother Earth.
It is a universal fact that a little effort from every individual can lead to a big change in the current situation of our planet. The year 2007 brought a beginning of such an effort that involves encouraging and motivating individuals, business organizations, industries etc. to turn off their non-essential lights just for one hour every year in order to save electricity and ultimately reducing the burden on mother earth in many ways. The period in which this movement is led is known as Earth Hour and Earth Hour Day is celebrated every year in the month of March. Recently, it was celebrated on 25th March 2017 from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
It was first led in Sydney, Australia in 2007. The beginning of this event took place in the form of a ‘lights-off day’ which eventually got spread to 7000 cities and 172 countries and hence, this event is organized every year. Since the event focuses on the welfare of Mother Earth and ultimately or indirectly human existence, it is well supported by a number of organizations including UNESCO, FIFA, The International Trade Union Confederation and UN Environment Programme.
This movement is enormously supported worldwide but there’s a flip side to every coin. This movement has faced a lot of criticism over the years. Many argued that the consumption of electricity reduction is insignificant in many cases. Another such event was launched in order to oppose this event called ‘Human Achievement Hour’ which focuses on making the use of modern technology as much as possible to celebrate human development. Many people stated that not using electricity just for an hour won’t be able to make a big difference. The Christian Science Monitor explained that abandoning the use of lights mean switching over to candles which are made from paraffin; basically, hydrocarbons which are derived from fossil fuels and hence, adding to the process of depletion of fossil fuels. There were a lot of arguments against this practice but a little effort as it is mentioned above; may add a little to the process of the betterment of the planet and can lead to a reflex change in the current scenario.