Earth Hour LogoI’m excited to say that at 8.30pm tonight I will be supporting WWF and #EarthHourUK. It’s time that we stand together as a community to show that we care about our planet and that we will put a stop to climate change. Carbon emissions are rising due to the unsustainable lifestyle choices of people all around the world. Recent talks in Paris highlighted the plight of the environment and the need to act NOW. Temperatures around the world are rising and this is having a knock on effect on the environment in which we live. We are putting a strain on the natural resources that we depend upon so much. Nature can only resist so much.

Take part in this movement and turn off all non-essential lights tonight from 8.30 – 9.30pm. Not only will you be doing your part to save the planet, who knows what fun you may have. Eat dinner by candle light, put down all your technology and talk to each, read a book, take a bath, play a game……. or whatever else takes your fancy. WWF have even come up with a list of 650 thing to do in the dark in case you need some inspiration. 750 countries worldwide are taking part in the 10th annual Earth Hour this year, for many countries earth hour has already been and gone and you can follow what different countries have been doing on the WWF website and Facebook page – an interesting read to see the approach of so many differed countries on one key issue. It truly is beautiful to see so many leaders (although unfortunately not all…….) come together to support the same thing for once.

Many people question the effectiveness of turning off a few lights for just one hour. How is this going to help stop climate change? The answer, realistically, is that a few less light for just one hour isn’t going to cut carbon emissions and cut CO2 levels. However it’s about more than that, it’s about being part of a movement. It’s about standing up for something you believe in and it’s about making a difference. It’s time to put the spotlight on climate change. The power of social media nowadays is phenomenal – use it. Harness it. Let people know that enough is enough and that you are prepared to act to highlight the plight of the planet & encourage others to do the same. Educate people on why you have chosen to do this. Get the word out there. You never know what may come of it, all by just turning out your lights for one hour.

If you are like me and just turning your light off isn’t enough, you could always text CANDLE to 70123 to donate £3 to WWF. But whatever you do, whether it’s just having fun in the dark or giving money, make sure you let people know. Take photos and upload them to social media, tell people what you are doing, encourage friends to join you. Even shout it from the rooftops if you fancy it – although not too loud, you don’t want to get in trouble for antisocial behaviour now……. I’ve found the matches (hidden behind the TV. Where else would you expect to find matches), donated my £3, told all my friends and am ready posed with my finger over the light switch. I hope you will all be joining me!

It’s amazing the difference it makes on a city skyline, hats off to Cape Town… Spot the difference below.

South Africa Lights Off