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Earth Hour: Join the global community and protect our planet

At 8:30pm this evening (27th March)people around the world will come together by switching off their lights to mark Earth Hour 2021. 

Founded by the World Wildlife Fund and its partners in 2007, Earth Hour is a global grassroots movementwhich now engages millions of supporters in more than 185 countries and territories, inspiring individuals and organisations around the world to take action on environmental issues. 

Now in its 15th year, the one-hour lights out event continues to represent a broader commitment to protecting the planet. The event typically takes place in late March, to coincide with both the Spring and Autumn equinoxes in the northern and southern hemispheres respectively, allowing for near coincidental sunset times in both hemispheres, giving the greatest possible visual impact. 

For the second consecutive year, Earth Hour will look different to its typical format, without the usual public events, and crowds gathering to see iconic landmarks ‘go dark’. However, the remote nature of this year’s event allows people to come together in a different way, by contributing from home. 

At FirstPort, our offices and other buildings have looked different over the last year, as colleagues have joined the rest of the nation in staying at home wherever possible. With this continuing into Earth Hour 2021, we invite you all to join us in marking this year’s event. If every FirstPort colleague and every home within a FirstPort-managed site were to take part in Earth Hour, we would collectively contribute almost 295,000 households to the global effort. 

There are lots of ways we can all get involved in Earth Hour from home. As well as showing your support by switching off non-essential lighting, streaming events from around the world will be taking place, including Q&A sessions, live performances and contests. More information, including additional ways to take part, can be found via the Earth Hour website.