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Earth Hour had its beginning in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has quickly become a global environmental movement uniting people from all nations in an urgent call for action on climate change. This year hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn 'lights out' for one hour to show their commitment to helping something we all have in common- the planet.
For young people, Earth Hour can be a meaningful reminder that important environmental issues don't have to overwhelm us and that there are small things we can do every day to make a difference. The days leading up to March 28 are an excellent time for students and teachers to explore climate change in the classroom and bring meaning to participation in Earth Hour.
Why Participate in Earth Hour?
Climate change is altering the planet. Severe environmental, economic and social consequences are becoming more and more evident as global temperatures increase. This year, WWF Canada is placing its Earth Hour focus on wildlife loss in Canada and around the world.
Climate change is increasingly affecting human health, species distribution and the ability of the planet to provide. How we deal with climate change is a crucial discussion that teachers and students should be actively engaged in.
Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in Earth Hour 2020. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts.
For a comprehensive list of climate change materials, check out r4r’s Climate Change Resources for Teachers.