How to use your power for Earth Hour

Heart shaped coral of the Great Barrier Reef Queensland Australia

Everyone has power to make real change and impact in the world. Including you. Join in this years Earth Hour on 29 March, and you will be part of the world’s biggest and most engaging grassroots movement.

Of course it’s not just about one hour. It’s about the future of our planet!

Earth Hour is the planet’s single-largest call-to-action on climate change. Through the simple act of turning off lights for one hour, millions of people across the globe come together to raise awareness for this issue and to work on the solutions.

Intrepid Travel is taking part by pledging to help save Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, under significant threat from the effects of climate change, by supporting the funding of a ground breaking new documentary produced by Earth Hour Australia.

Here’s some of the dynamic Earth Hour activities happening around the globe:


This year’s Earth Hour, on Saturday 29 March at 8.30pm, marks ‘Lights Out for the Reef’ to bring attention to one of the world’s most iconic and endangered places. Earth Hour Australia is asking for donations to help fund a 30 minute documentary that will tell the powerful story of the threatened Great Barrier Reef, which will air on Channel Ten in the hours before millions switch off their lights.

Intrepid Travel co-founder, Darrell Wade, is offering overwhelming support for this documentary by matching donations dollar for dollar up to $40,000. A gift of $20 will create $40, in effect doubling the impact of someone’s contribution towards the Lights Out for the Reef documentary.

“Climate change is the biggest issue facing the world today and in the next 20 years,” said Darrell. “Earth Hour is a practical way of raising awareness about cutting carbon pollution and showing the world what we risk losing. Australia without the Barrier Reef is almost unimaginable, and yet it is what we’re on track for if we don’t act. So if I can encourage a few extra people to donate by matching their donations, then I’m happy because my money goes twice as far – as well as theirs!”

Australians can visit here to donate now.
International donations can be made via Earth Hour Blue.


In Canada, they are already seeing climate change impacts, particularly in the Arctic and the oceans. Canada has embraced the spirit of this celebration engaging 15 million Canadians year over year. Earth Hour is a bit like an environmental New Year, providing Canadians with a chance to reflect on how our planet is faring and what we can do to help.

100% renewable energy is achievable by 2050, and WWF is working to help put Canada on this path. WWF is working with communities, energy producers, governments, leading companies and scientists to develop and implement energy solutions across the country. Only by tackling how we produce and use energy will Canada be able to do its part in the fight against climate change.
For more information visit Earth Hour Canada.

United Kingdom

From Buckingham Palace to the Scottish Parliament, 100s of landmarks across the UK will be switching off for the hour. In 2014, all of the money raised through Earth Hour UK will support WWF’s work in the Mau Mara Serengeti, one of the most spectacular places on Earth. The Mau Mara Serengeti’s vast and open grasslands are home to one of the richest collections of wildlife in the world. This incredible landscape also supports the livelihoods of more than one million people – from the many communities who depend on the natural resources around them to the semi-nomadic Maasai, who have long lived in harmony with nature.

Check out the fabulous range of resources available for planning your own event. Don’t miss 60 Things To Do in the Dark. Sign up now Earth Hour UK and #bebrilliant.


Landmarks from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the Empire State Building in New York will be switching off. You are encouraged to ask individuals, cities, landmarks and business to turn their non-essential lights off for one hour and commit to reducing their environmental impact. An easy way is to tweet to major landmark’s and invite their participation.

Check out the growing list of participating companies, landmark buildings, communities and other groups.

South Africa

“How do you Honour the Earth?” You are called upon to make your individual promise to the planet by answering this question, on an online platform and share it with the world. The platform allows users to see the promises of other people and organisation and to share them on social media, with the intention of creating a conversation and momentum for the environment.

In addition to the “Honour the Earth” campaign, six South African municipalities have competed in the international Earth Hour City Challenge for sustainable city management. Cape Town and Durban were named finalists and Cape Town was selected as South Africa’s Earth Hour Capital, competing against 32 other finalists from around the world. The winner will be announced in Vancouver prior to Earth Hour. Both Cape Town and Durban are also in the running for the international social media “We Love Cities” campaign which asks citizens to vote for their favourite sustainable city.

Vote here. The winner will be announced on 27 March, 2014.

Also check out the ‘Restore the Roodeberg’ campaign, which aims to buy a crucial piece of land for incorporation into the Table Mountain National Park, and has been selected as one of 10 global projects as part of Earth Hour Blue.

Join in Earth Hour South Africa.

Earth Hour 29 March 2014So whether you reflect under the stars or celebrate by candlelight, Earth Hour is a moment to say you’ll do your bit to protect our planet – not just for one hour, but every day. Because turning out the lights is just the beginning.

For all the latest news and information on how to take part in your country, please visit Earth Hour.

Photo: Great Barrier Reef by Marianne Lim

About the author'
Jane Crouch - Jane is a responsible business guru who writes about all aspects of how travel can bring positive environmental, social and economic benefits. Informed through travel on seven continents, leading Intrepid trips through SE Asia, work in outdoor education, energy conservation, international development, philanthropy and climate change action, plus a big love of walking, mountains and world music.

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Thanks for writing and sharing your thoughts about this topic Jane, it’s so important to raise awareness about cutting carbon pollution. It’s especially important for younger generations to have an understanding about this area as it wasn’t something we spoke about when I was growing up!

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