Lights out for the climate: March 25 is “Earth Hour”

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Earth Hour” has become one of the world’s largest climate and environmental protection campaigns in recent years. On Saturday, March 25, the lights will be turned off for one hour for the climate for the 17th time.

“Time out for the earth”: when “Earth Hour” will rise in 2023.
Setting an example in the face of the climate crisis by turning off the lights in households and public buildings for one hour originated almost 20 years ago at the Australian branch of the environmental protection organization WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature).

On March 25, the lights will be turned off at “Earth Hour” for the climate
The WWF Austria announced on Thursday in a dispatch under the motto “Renaturieren statt Betonieren” (Renaturalize instead of concreting) additionally a public painting action in Vienna-Neubau at the Platz der Menschenrechte on Mariahilfer Straße, which is to start at 14:00, “Lights out!” is then called from 20:30 to 21:30. “The destruction of nature is reaching dramatic proportions worldwide – our Earth urgently needs a time-out,” said Joschka Brangs, spokesman for biodiversity at WWF Austria in the run-up to the “Earth Hour” campaign. In this context, the NGO pointed out that of eight million species worldwide, up to one million are threatened with extinction. In Austria, the high soil consumption weighed particularly heavily on the last remaining natural areas.

Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace puts out the lights for Earth Hour.
“Landmarks such as Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin or the statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro are once again symbolically turning off the lights. Apart from that, this year we are calling on all people around the world to take action themselves and raise awareness for the long-term protection of nature,” said Brangs, wishing that it would not remain just with the symbolic turning off of lights at “Earth Hour.” Millions of people in more than 190 countries will participate in this event again this year.

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