Earth Hour 2013 is more than just switching off the lights for an hour. WWF has five suggestions for you: five simple actions that can reduce your impact on the environment. Help us make sure there will be a living planet for future generations.
Earth Hour 20:30 Saturday March 23rd 2013
Ottignies (126 people)
PÉRUWELZ (66 people)
SPA (33 people)
GENT (665 people)
VAUX-SUR-SÛRE (11 people)
MEPs Tanja Fajon, Dan Jorgensen (both from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats) and Bas Eickhout (The European Free Alliance / Greens) joined forces to support Earth Hour and send a powerful message on the need to step up efforts in the fight against climate change.
"If we start acting now on climate change, then we can still be in for a bright future”, she said. “The engagement of every single one of us counts but the action of every single one of us will make the difference”.
Smoggy roads can be enough to make anyone scream, but they have also inspired Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik to take a “I will if you will challenge” and offer to write a song and perform it on stage in front of 1,000 people.
What would you do to save the planet? Create a challenge for yourself and ask everyone to accept the challenge for Earth Hour. An example? “I will only eat vegetarian meals for a week if 100 people commit to leaving their car at home when they go to work. Of course, you are free to create you personal challenge.
So don’t hesitate to check out the Youtube channel and to create or accept a challenge.
The CO2 emissions from Belgian transport are still increasing: one gram of CO2 out of five emitted in our country is emitted by vehicles. Reversing this trend is a big challenge. So be sure to opt for public transport when commuting to work and you will be helping us to exceed in our mission.
For short distances, always use a bicycle or walk. And don’t hesitate to take environmental criteria into consideration when purchasing a new car.
In Belgium almost 15% of the total emissions of CO2 come from heating: this contributes to climate change. By systematically turning down your thermostat by 1 degree, you can help our climate.
Besides turning down the thermostat, there are many other things you can do to use energy in a more sustainable way: better insulation, solar panels, a heat pump…
Products derived from animals have a big impact on the environment. Approximately 15 to 20% of the global greenhouse gas emissions are related to the production of meat and dairy products: this is almost as much as the emissions coming from transport. Feeding these animals takes up almost a third of the earth’s surface (Antarctica not included).
Eating one vegetarian meal has an immediate impact: choosing not to have that 250 g hamburger will save the CO2-equivalent of a 15 km car ride. If you do this regularly, your impact on climate change will decrease significantly. You’re not prepared to become a vegetarian? That’s okay, there are alternatives. At WWF, for example, we choose to eat vegetarian once a week. But you could also choose smaller portions of meat and dairy products.
A sustainable future for our planet is only possible if we switch to renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. The production of electricity from fossil fuels significantly contributes to climate change and nuclear waste remains radioactive for hundreds of years. At WWF, we have shown that it is possible to get all our energy from renewable sources by 2050.
You can also add to a future with 100% renewable energy. How? By switching to green energy. Be careful when deciding which supplier you will use, because not all green energy contracts are equally sustainable.
The most sustainable energy is energy that we don’t use. To save energy (and money), you can switch out your old light bulbs and replace them by compact fluorescent lights.