„Earth Hour“: Wieso uns schwarz vor Augen wird und wir das Licht für 1 Stunde ausknipsen - NIKIN EU

“Earth Hour”: Why our vision becomes black and we turn off the light for 1 hour

On Saturday, March 28th, it will be dark worldwide for an hour during “Earth Hour” – at least that’s the plan. The global campaign sheds light on the topics of nature conservation and biodiversity. We explain how it works and what it is supposed to achieve.

On Saturday the 28th March, it will be dark worldwide for an hour during “Earth Hour” – at least that’s the plan. The global campaign sheds light on the topics of nature conservation and biodiversity. We explain how it works and what it is supposed to achieve.

One, two, three, lights out! This year on the 28th In March - or on the last Saturday in March - the earth will be dark again for an hour. The global campaign “Earth Hour” aims to set a collective example and stand up for the environment and biodiversity.

What is Earth Hour about?

The “Earth Hour” is probably the largest environmental and climate campaign in the world. The primary aim is for the world to stand up for the environment and for everyone to send a clear signal together: This is what will happen on the 28th. On March 1, all lights worldwide will be turned off for one hour at 8:30 p.m. (in the corresponding time zone) - regardless of whether they are well-known landmarks, street lamps, shop window lights or private lamps in your own home. As a peaceful protest movement, the campaign initiated by the WWF aims to shed light on the issues of the environment and biodiversity and thus bring about a rethink in society.

Does “Earth Hour” have any effect at all?

The campaign is not about saving the world by turning out the lights. Rather, it is a symbolic gesture that shows that it is possible to attract a lot of attention as long as everyone pulls in the same direction. This becomes most apparent when you look at the origins of the campaign: in 2007, Earth Hour was held for the first time in Sydney, Australia. At that time, the primary aim was to promote the reduction of CO2 emissions. More than ten years later, over 7,000 cities in 180 different countries are already taking part in the campaign.

In 2007, private households in particular took part in the campaign. Participation is now increasing, especially among entire cities and various companies. This year, for example, the Empire State Building in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the skyline of Hong Kong and the pyramids of Giza will have their landmarks darkened for an hour. The motto is: the bigger the campaign and participation, the bigger the symbol. Finally, this year too we appeal to political decision-makers. The light should finally dawn on them so that they can become (more) committed to a living planet.

Is Switzerland also taking part in “Earth Hour”?

In Switzerland, entire cities, companies and also many private individuals have been taking part in the campaign for several years. From Aarau to Lenzburg and Zurich in German-speaking Switzerland, Arbaz to Veytaux in French-speaking Switzerland and Bellinzona to Lugano in Ticino, a total of over 40 Swiss cities are taking part. For example, the Basel Cathedral, the Rhine Falls and the Lucerne Chapel Bridge look black for 60 minutes. Only street lighting that is relevant to safety can defy the darkness.

How can you get involved?

The easiest way to do your part is to turn off the lights! Give up on the 28th March at 8:30 p.m. for an hour to consciously turn on the lights. After all, great things can be done in the dark, such as a candlelight dinner. But even deep conversations about God and the world allow us to consciously concentrate on the other person in complete darkness - whether in person or on the telephone. Although the light pollution itself was caused by the large participation in the event on the evening of the 28th. March will not disappear completely, the starry sky can be wonderfully observed in the darkness. Or you can just go to bed earlier than usual for once!

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