While Earth Hour is celebrated every year in March, the unfortunate fact is that climate change is inevitable.
As much as some of us will want to, switching off the lights for an hour every night is not feasible option for most, as many individuals have have work to do, or will simply forget about turning off the lights entirely.
Here are some things you can do on a daily basis to help slow the process of climate change and do your part in protecting the environment, with a more practical approach. Who knows, before you know it, it might even become part of your daily routine!
1. You can reduce your individual carbon footprint by taking public transport or cyclo-commuting whenever possible.
2. Stop consumption of phantom energy by turning off your electrical appliances when they’re not in use. Electronics on standby can account for up to 10% of your home electricity usage.
3. Reduce your carbon footprint even further by making the switch to greener, sustainable LED light bulbs or to renewable energy.
4. Reduce paper wastage by using recycled paper as much as you can, and remember to set your printer settings to two-sided.
5. Refuse, reuse and recycle plastic bags when you go shopping. Bring your own recyclable bag instead.
6. Make a conscious effort to buy what you need and reduce food wastage. As a tip, it is always wise to never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach; you'll be tempted to purchase more food and stuff like snacks that you do not actually need.
Get the word out and tell your friends and family about Earth Hour! Remember, Earth Hour is not only about turning off our lights once a year. It symbolises our commitment to take immediate and collective action to change climate change. Every small action, when combined with millions of others, has a huge, tangible impact.