WWF Earth Hour - one hour of light out

The global environmental protection campaign "WWF Earth Hour" has been taking place every March 23 since 2007. For the 18th time, the lights go out around the world for one hour, from 8:30 pm to 2:30 pm, in the name of climate and environmental protection - from well-known landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Private individuals, companies and communities are also invited to take part and draw attention to the urgency of protecting nature and the climate.


In Austria, numerous other landmarks such as the Golden Roof in Innsbruck, the Lindwurm in Klagenfurt and the Ars Electronica in Linz are taking part alongside Schönbrunn Palace. Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen is also supporting the WWF campaign. "Earth Hour raises the ecological awareness that we urgently need for solutions," says Van der Bellen.


"At WWF Earth Hour, millions of people worldwide send a strong signal to politicians - because they have a responsibility to protect our nature and habitats"

Julia Haslinger, WWF Austria


Sustainable nutrition as a superpower

This year, the environmental protection organization is placing a special focus on the topic of sustainable nutrition: "Our diet is a real superpower in the fight against the climate crisis and global species extinction. By opting for a more plant-based diet, we are not only setting an example, but also making a direct contribution to climate protection," says Julia Haslinger, expert for sustainable nutrition at WWF Austria.



This year's Earth Hour is part of the international, EU co-funded project "Eat4Change - mobilizing youth for sustainable diets" with the aim of inspiring citizens for plant-based, sustainable nutrition and demonstrating the links between lifestyle choices and the impact on global warming.



37% of CO2 emissions are related to food production

Up to 37 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the production, processing and waste of our food. Animal-based foods in particular, such as meat, fish and dairy products, have a massive impact on the climate and environment.

"In the fight against the climate crisis and global species extinction, awareness of the positive effects of a climate-friendly diet is crucial. We want to communicate this around this year's WWF Earth Hour," says Haslinger.


About WWF Earth Hour

WWF Earth Hour has developed into one of the world's largest climate and environmental protection campaigns. Not only in Austria, but all over the world, the lights are symbolically switched off for one hour (for example on landmarks or public buildings) and actions are taken to protect nature and the climate. Private individuals, companies and municipalities are invited to send a joint signal to politicians.

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WWF Austria - Earth Hour