Did you join Earth Hour 2022 and turn out the lights Saturday night? That’s how the action went.
That’s why the lights went out at the weekend
© Andi Weiland / WWF
Last Saturday (March 26, 2022) many people and communities switched off the lights from 8.30 p.m. The reason was the “Earth Hour 2022”. This was intended to set an example for climate protection and at the same time send a common signal for peace in Ukraine, in Europe and around the world. You can read more about this in our message That’s why the lights go out today at 8:30 p.m.
The WWF writes: “Our dependence on fossil fuels is fueling the climate crisis unchecked and financing dictatorships and violations of international law.” So if the Earth Hour in recent years was primarily a sign of a switch from fossil fuels to renewable energies, in 2022 in view of the Russian attack on Ukraine it should also be particularly pointed out that by buying fossil fuels you can also save dictators like Vladimir Putin supports. This is a hot topic, especially in Germany.
The World Wild Life Found for Nature WWF is behind the campaign. The WWF has now drawn a conclusion on the campaign. According to this, 663 places in Germany took part, as this overview map shows: The lights in public buildings and sights were switched off there. Click on the name of the municipality that interests you. You can then see which lights have been switched off in the relevant location. The WWF speaks of a record participation for Germany. In addition to communities, various companies also participated in the Earth Hour. Above all, people should get involved and switch off the electric lights in their homes and replace them with candlelight if necessary.
Actions in public space accompanied the turning off of the lights. For example in Berlin – see the picture for this message. But Hong Kong, for example, also took part: the lights went out at the central government in Hong Kong.
According to the WWF, the first Earth Hour took place in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. At that time, more than 2.2 million households are said to have participated. In 2022 the lights went out again at the Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge.