Worldwide, millions of people, companies and municipalities turn off their lights every year for one hour during Earth Hour usually on the last Saturday of March to draw attention to the fragile nature. Earth Hour is an annual initiative of the international WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). This initiative started in 2007 in Sydney as a small-scale action that drew attention to climate change. Afterwards it has grown into the world’s largest conservation movement. The lights go out universally from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time. In addition to turning off lights, WWF urges to do something positive for the Earth for more than 60 minutes (hence the 60+ logo). This could be, for example: picking up litter in the neighborhood, recycling more, planting trees, etc.
In 2023, WWF-NL celebrated Earth Hour for the first time in Curaçao. With the cooperation of Curaçao Ports Authority, the non-essential lighting of the Queen Emma Bridge was turned off. In the Caribbean, WWF-NL started first with Curaçao and aims to expand to other islands of the Dutch Kingdom. It is important that the islands participate in Earth Hour as we are all affected by climate change. Small islands are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Due to the rise in sea levels and global warming, the risk of extreme weather such as extreme drought, severe flooding and hurricanes is high. This has a major impact on the economy of the islands, the well-being and prosperity of the population.