Celebrating Earth Hour Beyond the Hour

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 as a symbolic movement to turn lights off for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. Support quickly grew to 35 countries in 2008 and 192 countries in 2022. Over the years, the Earth Hour message was expanded to include awareness about the loss of biodiversity and nature.

Today, Earth Hour is no longer about just turning lights off for one hour. Rather, the campaign now promotes going beyond the hour with 10 actions to help shape a brighter future for people and the planet including:

  • Eat more sustainably
  • Waste less food
  • Travel responsibly
  • Eliminate plastics
  • Save water
  • Be energy efficient
  • Protect natural spaces
  • Be a conscious consumer
  • Spread the word
  • Stay informed

The City of Burlington also supports actions beyond Earth Hour, which this year falls on Saturday, March 25 at 8:30 p.m. In addition to turning the Burlington Pier lights off for Earth Hour, the City of Burlington is investing in longer term actions to transition away from the use of fossil fuels for transportation, buildings and other sectors including:

At the same time, the City is committed to preparing for our anticipated warmer, wetter and wilder weather with City Council approving the first climate adaptation plan called Climate Resilient Burlington in 2022. Other related initiatives include:

Take Action Burlington! Let’s make every hour Earth Hour. Collectively we can make a difference.

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