Our city’s shared plan to tackle climate change


Switching off the lights and saving energy

By Ffion Roberts on 28/02/18

As most of us know, we are living beyond our means, particularly here in the West.  Some think that we have already reached saturation point with the effects of fifty years of exponential population growth and that we are reaching our planetary boundaries.  But despite the increasingly recognised negative effects of human actions (e.g. plastics and polluting diesel engines), we also have the ability to redefine our relationship with the planet, moving from an unsustainable, unpredictable one to one where people and nature can co-exist in harmony.  


One initiative, Earth Hour, promotes the simple step of turning off the lights to kick start people’s thinking about sustainability.  Although it may not directly address the issues of climate change in its own right, engaging people who might not otherwise think or talk about sustainability is useful in itself.  Earth Hour is gaining growing recognition and engagement globally and across the UK.  According to WWF who run the campaign, around 9 million people took part in the UK last year.  


Launched in Sydney during 2007, the campaign sets out to facilitate a worldwide move towards a more sustainable future by conducting annual ‘lights off’ events across the World as a symbolic show of solidarity for the planet. Many of the world’s biggest landmarks also switch off lights as a visual display of their commitment.  These include; the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace and Edinburgh Castle.


To help engage more people with the issue of sustainability, could you get others to take part in Earth Hour and use it as a spark to talk about the sustainability of our planet this year?  Together we can make a difference!  What will YOU do for Earth Hour?


For more information on how you can take part in this feel good event between 8.30 -9.30 pm on the 24th of March visit https://www.earthhour.org/

You can also join in with Manchester’s organised Earth Hour Yoga session, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/earth-hour-yoga-by-candlelight-tickets-42924611669