At 8.30pm on Saturday 24 March 2018, hundreds of millions of people across the world will turn off their lights for one hour in a momentous show of support for action on climate change. In 2017, nine million people took part in the UK alone.

Earth Hour is spectacular event with landmarks across 187 countries worldwide switching their lights off for the hour. But Earth Hour is more than just one hour of darkness; it’s our chance to show world leaders that we need urgent action to tackle climate change.

In 2017 every single local authority in Scotland and Wales participated in Earth Hour, with a select few going above and beyond with events that gained them super local authority status. We’d love to do the same in England.

Local authorities pave the way for sustainability and climate action locally. Earth Hour provides you with an easy and engaging way for your community to be involved at a global scale.

This year we’re also asking people – whether they’re an individual, school or business, to make an Earth Hour promise. We want people to choose something that they can change and make a promise for the planet – this might be switching to green energy, eating less meat, or ditching plastic bags.

A local authority can make a promise too – such as reducing single use plastics in the workplace or encouraging staff to make an Earth Hour promise on our website.

Here are some of the benefits for getting involved: 

  • Provides a global platform for you to highlight the work you are doing locally to tackle climate change
  • Opportunity to engage your local community by encouraging them to hold events to celebrate Earth Hour
  • Provides a hook to build or enhance links with local schools and businesses
  • Potential media coverage through holding a switch-off moment at a notable landmark and promote your involvement through social media.

To join this global movement, simply let us know you'll be taking part. To support you, there are a range of resources available on our website to help plan your Earth Hour events and you can contact me at kpiotrowska@wwf.org.uk.