The annual Earth Hour is on again on Saturday 24 March 2018 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. All Australians are invited and encouraged to switch off their lights for an hour on Saturday night. It is a small but powerful sign of support which recognises the impact of climate change on planet Earth - the only home we have.
It is a chance to think about what climate change means in our own homes and backyard. We are very lucky in our beautiful country that we have so many plants and animals which are found nowhere else in the world. However, we should not be complacent as many are in danger of extinction if we don't act now to counteract our impact.
"From the national treasure of the Great Barrier Reef, to our iconic koala in the forest, to the much-loved penguins of Antarctica, our unique wildlife and the natural places we love face an uncertain future, unless we step up to protect our planet and our home from the impact of our modern, industrial world." Source: Earth Hour 2018
I would think that most Australians believe that we need to act fast on environmental issues. But how do we know where to start? Simple: join the conversation at #Connect2Earth to find out how you can take baby steps to make a big impact during Earth Hour. For example, you can participate in the Earth Hour planting event, you can join the thunderous "Thunderclap", stream in the dark, have a picnic, or try astronomical pursuits. Last year I used the dark hour to play games by candlelight with friends. A simple, almost forgotten pleasure, but good fun for all ages.
If you like, you can register your special event Earth Hour before Saturday. Alternatively, go to Events at Earth Hour to search for Earth Hour events occurring in your local area. If you check out the Earth hour website you can enter a competition to win a trip to the Great Barrier Reef (before it disappears...).
What will I be doing during Earth Hour this year? My subscribers and regular readers already know that I am a keen photographer. I love taking photos of the night sky, so I will be using the dark hour and lack of light pollution to get a few clear photos of the stars (weather permitting). If you want some tips for photographing the stars and night sky, see my article Photographing the Milky Way.