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Earth Hour 2016

March 15, 2016

This Saturday, March 19th, from 8:30 – 9:30 pm, SoCore Energy will be participating in Earth Hour by shutting off the lights in our offices and homes as a symbol of our commitment to the planet. Earth Hour is an annual worldwide movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature. The organization aims to unite people around the world to protect the planet and “change climate change”.

The lights-off event started in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and has since grown to engage people from over 170 countries and territories worldwide. In 2015, Earth hour became the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment and made a lot of noise on social media. Last year there were over 70,500 Earth Hour events created on digital maps and over 2 billion impressions of official Earth Hour campaign hashtags on Twitter. In addition, over 247 thousand online signatures were collected for climate petitions resulting in 6 countries working towards legislative changes.

Since this year is the 10th anniversary of the Earth Hour event, we will be sharing ten ways that you can get involved:

  1. Turn off your lights. From 8:30 – 9:30pm local time, everyone is encouraged to turn off the nonessential lights in their homes, offices or other buildings.
  2. Donate your social feed. With your permission, Earth Hour will post to your social media pages between March 16 – 19. In addition, you can change the filter on your Facebook profile picture to show your friends that you care.
  3. Use your voice. If handing over your social media accounts isn’t your thing, create your own posts using the hashtag #ChangeClimateChange. You may be surprised with how many of your followers you can inspire to do the same.
  4. Give to the cause. By donating money to Earth Hour, you will help the organization in guiding over 172 Earth Hour teams to change climate change in their country, engage businesses, governments and communities to do the same, and enable actions that have a real impact on the planet.
  5. Make a donation to a project. The World Wildlife Fund for nature has several projects that you can donate to, whether it’s saving Malaysia’s Orangutan population from deforestation or helping to fund WWF volunteer trips.
  6. Participate in an event. There are thousands of events created around the world each year in support of Earth Hour. Can’t find one in your community? Learn how to set up your own event here.
  7. Brand your online pages. Earth Hour offers downloadable digital banners and logos that you can use on your website, blog or social media pages to show your commitment to climate change.
  8. Sign a petition. There are many online petitions supporting the fight against climate change, and signing them has never been easier. Change.org involves activists, media and government decision makers so that your voice is heard and these problems are addressed.
  9. Put up posters. Earth Hour has a downloadable poster that you can print and display in your workplace, community buildings or college campus.
  10. Do your part. Even a small lifestyle change can help combat climate change in a big way. Recycle, plant a tree, ride your bicycle to work, etc.

Learn more at EarthHour.org.

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