Why even 1 hour matters: Earth Hour

We cannot bet our lives and the lives of the generations that will follow us on wild theories or science fiction—we are not going to be living on Mars or the Moon anytime soon, and perhaps, ever!The Earth is humanity’s one and only home. All 7.7 billion people on this planet should, first and foremost, realize this fact and hold it close to their hearts.Natural disasters and calamities, even health concerns like the recent pandemic, are all effects of how we collectively treat the environment. According to data presented at worldpopulationreview.com, the top five countries who are responsible for the most carbon emissions are China, the United States, India, Russia and Japan. These five countries alone make up 58.34 percent of the world’s total carbon emission!In the Philippines, Earth Hour will be from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.Observing Earth Hour is more than a press event—it is a revolution. A revolution that calls for change in the way we do things that impact the environment negatively.Earth Hour is a collective effort. Here are some things you can do to contribute to the revolution:Connect with natureWhen we shut down our lights, we see the stars better at night. Try to hang out with friends or family and go stargazing whether it’s at the beach or in your home garden. Enjoy the fresh air, too!Connect with loved onesTurning off the lights and lessening the use of electronic gadgets feels like your modern-day sacrifice. Turn the “hurt” into something productive and fun! Play board games with the group. Cook and have friends over for dinner in the dark.Connect with the communityFind out what other establishments are doing. Are they hosting clean-up drives or fun runs in observance of Earth Hour? Even if these events have passed, make sure you connect with the people who are in-charge and find ways on how to contribute to a more sustainable environment not only for an hour a year, but all 365 days.