Tonight from 8.30-9.30pm it's Earth Hour, a yearly movement taking place on the last Saturday of March that calls attention to climate change and promote better treatment of our planet. The initiative, which was started by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), took root as a lights-out event in Sydney back in 2007. Since then however, it has grown into one of the world's largest grassroots environment-focused movements, with millions of people in over 180 countries now engaging every year.
Hongkongers have always shown support for Earth Hour in a big way, like in 2017, when over 5600 companies and 300 schools took part in the movement, or in 2018 when more than 11,000 city dwellers pledged to turn off non-essential lighting for the event. This year, two of our city's top restaurants, Amber and Somm, will be observing Earth Hour by replacing all lights in their dining areas with candles between 8-10pm. Though the movements of many are limited this year due to recent developments in the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we can all still take part by switching the lights off at home or wherever we are.
To find out more about Earth Hour, go to https://www.earthhour.org/.