Zoo's and aquaria are called to join Earth Hour, which will take place on March 28th from 8.30 p.m. till 9.30 p.m. During this hour everyone (both companies and people at home) are requested to shut down all lights, unless they are completely necessary.
Earth Hour was invented in 2007 by the WWF in Australia. It was estimated that two million people participated. In 2008 this number rose to fifty million. By turning off the lights at this hour, people draw the attention to climate change. Lighting is a crucial part of energy use and therefore of CO2 emission.
Both the WAZA (World Organization for Zoos and Aquaria) and the EAZA (it’s European counterpart) drew attention to Earth Hour for the extermination of lights in shops and entrances. A few international companies, among which IKEA, Coca Cola and Nokia will shut down the lights in all their branches worldwide, during this hour on the 28th of March.
More information about this campaign can be found on the website of the WWF and on the website of the WAZA.