Earth Hour will be marked around the world on Saturday 25 March. In Ireland, it will be observed from 8.30pm until 9.30pm. Earth Hour is all about inspiring people to take better care of the planet.
Earth Hour is the single largest symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born of the hope that people could be mobilized to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7001 cities and towns across 178 countries to switch off lights for an hour. The event recognizes our global responsibility for the climate change which is already devastating lives and threatening the future of the planet.
Earth Hour is now in its tenth year and it offers an opportunity for parishes and other faith groups to celebrate, pray and explore environmental concerns and how our faith calls us to address them. Many parishes are already taking part around the world in different and creative ways:
- Arranging for lights inside or outside your church to be turned off for an hour
- Organizing a candlelit holy hour with a climate change theme
- Planning a torchlight wildlife walk or stargazing walk to make the most of the hour of darkness
- Using some of the prayers at Masses over the weekend
The idea of earth hour very much fits in with the themes of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on Care for Our Common Home.
The hashtag for Ireland for Earth Hour 2017 is #EarthHourIrl.
For more information and parish resources for #EarthHourIrl see www.catholicbishops.ie.