WWF’s Earth Hour – did it make a difference?

On 31 March 2012, hundreds of millions of people in a record 152 countries and 6,895 towns and cities across the world took part in WWF’s biggest ever Earth Hour. Three months on and support for our brilliant planet continues well beyond the hour.

In the UK alone, over 7.5 million people switched off their lights on the night for a brighter future. More than 3,500 schools, over 1,200 businesses and organisations, and some of the country’s most iconic landmarks got involved. An incredible 16,000 of you also got in touch to share your Earth Hour plans on our interactive map – you can see what happened on-the-night here.

Since then many of you have continued to show your support and take action. Thousands have taken a stand against controversial changes to Brazil’s Forest Code, shared what they love about the natural world in WWF’s Earth Book, or continued to get in touch on Facebook.

Hundreds have sponsored an acre of rainforest, adopted a jaguar, or had their say on what Prime Minister David Cameron should do to live up to his promise to lead the ‘greenest government ever’. And a huge thanks to all those who’ve helped us defeat the proposal for a new coal-fired power station in Scotland – a major victory!

But there are loads of ways you can continue making a difference. WWF’s Earth Hour is about people coming together to put the focus on this brilliant world we all share and how we need to protect it – not just for an hour a year, but every day. Find out more about going beyond the hour.

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