Image by @laisladelosmonos from the Perivian Rainforest. Did you know that deforestation is responsible for up to 20% of all carbon emissions globally? This year #EarthHour 2013 has a particular focus on forests. Yesterday the WWF-Russia team reached 100,000 signatures on their petition for protective forests, which could be the catalyst to reinstate a ban on industrial logging in an area equal to twice the size of France.
Did you know #Fiji will be the first country to switch off for #EarthHour 2013? We're less than six days away from lights off around the world...
Image of a completed #IWIYW by @shehannf who had replaced his bulbs with LED. Did you know in its lifetime, an LED lightbulb can save 312 kg of CO2 emissions compared to a standard incandescent bulb? If you're switching off for #EarthHour this year, switch back on with LED as part of your I Will IF You Will challenge!
You don't have to be an expert. You just have to be YOU and do your part. #EarthHour 2013 is 9 days away. Take part in the hour of inspiration and go beyond the hour by creating or accepting an #IWIYW. Image courtesy of Abdela Igmirien #Morocco
mage by @climate_girl, who back in 2008 promised @earthhourandy that she would continue to fight against climate change if he did too. Five years later, @earthhourandy is still leading Earth Hour's global operations and @climate_girl has her own website to engage and inspire people to become agents of change for the future of our planet. How cool is that? www.climategirl.com.au
"What Earth Hour has done in Indonesia, through ‘#IniAksiku! Mana Aksimu?’, has led to thousands of people taking actions now, that they weren’t doing before. And this is just the start,” says @vpuspawardani the Campaign Coordinator of the Climate and Energy Program at WWF-Indonesia. Verena has been a key figure of the #EarthHour movement since its beginnings in Indonesia, and has undoubtedly become one of the truly inspiring Earth Hour heroes around the world.
Image by @sammythowe, travelling down the Amazon in Peru. Did you know the Amazon is home to one in ten known species on Earth? The rain forests contain up to 140 billion metric tons of carbon, and help stabilize local and global climate. Deforestation may release significant amounts of this carbon. You can create or accept an #IWIYW challenge that encourages people to plant trees, use recycled paper or sign a petition to prevent ecological damage & deforestation to the #Amazon.
In #Singapore, the focus for this year's #IWIYW campaign for #EarthHour 2013 is to go #1degreeUp. Air conditioning accounts for up to 60% of energy use in buildings in Singapore. For a tropical country, the colder the temperature is set at, the more energy it uses. If we set our air conditioners at the recommended 24degrees, we can save energy and reduce our personal carbon footprint. Like Earth Hour, it's a simple action that we can all do, but this also helps us go beyond the hour.
Check out @crowthercollective's incredible images from his #IWIYW 25 day Himalaya trek. Ashely did the trek to raise awareness of global glacier retreat. Accept his challenge and take part in the #YourPlanet project on #Instagram to inspire a better world.