“Earth Hour” is a global event held annually on the last Saturday in March on the initiative of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It involves turning off lights and unplugging unnecessary electrical devices for an hour to promote electricity conservation and therefore both greenhouse gas emission reduction and the fight against global warming.
This time, for the event’s 11th year, the WWF wants to go even further in its fight against fossil fuel consumption by asking motorists to turn off their car headlights.
“Turning off lights at home is clearly a good thing. However, many homes now use green energy produced by renewable sources, which limits the event’s environmental impact,” Steve Greenman, WWF co-founder, revealed.
“What’s more, many people who support our cause have told us of their frustration that they can’t switch off their lights at home as they are travelling by car when the event occurs. This is why we are encouraging all motorists to turn off their car headlights on Saturday from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.”
Given that cars are a major source of fossil fuel emissions, this common-sense measure has been very well received by the Ministry of Ecology.
At the time of writing, only the Ministry of Transport seemed to have doubts regarding the initiative.