This year’s Earth Hour on March 23 is no ordinary Earth Hour. Climate change is being felt around the world - ravaging communities, destroying lives and livelihoods. We are running out of time, but we can still fix this.
Energy efficiency is half of the energy revolution we need to avoid catastrophic climate change. We need to get serious about saving energy and ask ourselves what we can do in the absence of political and business leadership on sustainability.
On this year’s Earth Hour I commit to spending the equivalent of 2 weeks of my vacation time to work with young people, who are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also the leaders of today. But I'll only do it if at least 5,000 people pledge to take action too.
Please take your pick - one action at least, more if you're up for it - and make a commitment to make it public. Join our event on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and post a photo or report of what you are doing. Leading up to Earth Hour I will also try to take as many actions as possible to live a greener lifestyle and I will report to you all as well.
Here's a list of things you could do as well. Feel free to be creative and come up with your own way to be more energy efficient and less wasteful.
- Eliminate paper products
- Wash laundry with cold water and line dry your clothes
- Buy used or don’t buy at all/Live with what you already have
- Avoid bottled water
- Eat vegetarian at least 3 days a week
- Bike or walk to work
- Start a small garden/maintain one
- Use vinegar & baking soda, in replacement of chemicals
- Don’t buy any products wrapped in plastic packaging
- Take cold showers
- Eat organic
Kumi Naidoo is the Executive Director at Greenpeace International.