- 13 Mar 2019
Can we really help protect the planet in just one hour? Sign-up to switch off and find out.
What is Earth Hour?
Earth Hour is a global movement that’s dedicated to our wonderful planet. By encouraging people around the world to switch off their power for just one hour on the 30 March 2019, Earth Hour hopes to inspire millions of people to take action for the planet and nature.
Why is Earth Hour so important?
As you’ve probably heard, we’re currently using up the Earth’s resources at an astonishing rate, far faster than ever before, and the bottom line is, our current lifestyles are not sustainable.
Earth hour is a grassroots scheme that started in Sydney and is an amazing example of how passionate people have the power to drive change.
In a decade the movement has expanded exponentially with individuals, businesses, communities and organisations in over 180 countries now taking part, turning out the lights and displacing that energy to have conversations about how to tackle the big issue – climate change.
What can we really change in one hour?
A single person dedicating an hour to the environment may seem insignificant, but if we all choose to dedicate an hour, great things can happen. Turning out the lights for an hour may have the potential to save energy on a large scale, but that’s not really the point of Earth Hour. Instead, turning out the lights is a symbol of dedication to confront the larger issue of climate change and the threat to our biodiversity. It signals to the people in power it's time to make changes.
The hour is also extremely significant when we consider the waste we generate every hour in Australia. Movements like Earth Hour shine a light on the issue and have the potential to persuade everyone to make changes to their lifestyle for the good of the environment.
What do we really waste by the hour?
Have a little think about your day so far, do you think you’ve been particularly wasteful? It’s easy to think the little things don’t matter, but when you’re sharing the country with 24 million other people, throwing out a coffee cup, using single-use plastic items and wasting food soon adds up.
Every hour in Australia we:
- Use 416,666 plastic bags1
- Throw out 60,000kg of clothing1
- Use 100,000 coffee cups1
- Throw away 900,000 bottles and cans1
- Generate 1.5kg of greenhouse gas per household2
Australia is home to some of the world’s most amazing natural landscapes and many animals that are entirely unique to our shores, and sadly like the rest of the world, many of our native wonders are under threat.
In the last 40 years alone, the world has already lost almost 60% of the global wildlife population3 and climate change is emerging as the biggest threat to biodiversity.
Why we’re getting behind Earth Hour
The whole point of earth hour is sharing the message so that it builds momentum, drives lifestyle changes and hopefully, people with power change legislation that helps protect our planet.
ENJO Australia is in a very privileged position to have customers and ENJO Business owners around the country who choose to use and advocate environmentally responsible products, giving us a platform to share movements like Earth Hour with like-minded people who want to make a difference.
With the help of our ENJO Business owners, we hope to ‘Demo to make a difference’ and share the message of Earth Hour with 16,250 Australians in just one hour, and we’d love for our customers to get involved too.
How can you get involved in Earth Hour?
The great news is, you’re already involved. Reading about Earth Hour and how to make a difference is a great first step.
If you want to keep things simple – turn the lights out for an hour on the 30 March between 8.30-9.30pm. Remember to sign-up and be counted for taking part!
If you want to make things a bit more fun, share the Earth Hour message with friends. Host a candlelit dinner party, head outdoors to stargaze or organise a night in with board games.
If you’re looking for ways to be kinder to the environment in your everyday home life, hold an ENJO Demo for Earth Hour, and find out how a chemical-free cleaning routine can help protect the planet, a great way to share the message with your friends and family.
Share your thoughts on the issue, chat about them, use social media and sign up to switch off to see what people are saying around the world about Earth Hour.
But what changes can I make everyday to make a difference?
Stop using single-use plastics
Single-use plastic products are useful for a very short period of time, but after their useful life they aren't going anywhere. Plastic lasts a long time, we’re not even entirely sure how long it takes to break down (if it ever does), and as it fragments it becomes what's known as microplastic which is difficult to clean up and enters the food chain. Many single-use plastic products have a sustainable alternative, so do some research and make the change.
Switch to LED lighting
LED lights are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting, with 95% of the energy in LEDs being converted to light and only 5% is wasted as heat, less energy reduces the demand from power plants and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.
Choose responsible brands
There are many brands out there that choose to take responsibility for their impact on the environment. From carefully considering materials, packaging and manufacturing processes to combating their own carbon emissions. ENJO's International head office has been carbon neutral since 2015 and runs entirely from green energy, if we choose to purchase from companies doing the right thing, other brands will follow suit.
Walk and cycle when you can
It can be so tempting to hop in the car to quickly pop to the shops, but all those little journeys contribute to carbon emissions. Plan effectively and work small trips into your exercise schedule instead.
Go digital and say no to paper
Paper is ubiquitous in our modern lives and is one of the major factors contributing to climate change and environmental degradation. Avoid using things like paper towels (an Allpurpose Cloth works much better and lasts much longer), store important documents online in the Cloud, read the paper online, opt out of junk mail lists and recycle paper post.
Choose foods that are sustainably farmed
Agriculture is a big industry, and not all farming methods and techniques are sustainable. Choose organic where possible, opt for meat that is grass-fed as opposed to grain fed, think about taking part in meat-free Mondays and support local farmers.
Avoid food waste
Did you know that Australian's throw out 3.3 million tonnes of food every year4? Food shopping presents so many ways in which to generate waste – but don’t worry, avoiding them is easy. Plan meals, avoid impulse buying, choose packaging-free, freeze leftovers and remember your reusable shopping bag all help reduce waste and protect the planet.
Will you be signing up to switch off? Let us know how you plan on making a difference in the comments.
Editor's note: this post was updated 13 March 2019.