Earth Hour 2016 | WWF
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WWF EPO Director Geneviève Pons with the First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans
© Sarah Azau

Shine a light on climate action

Record participation in Earth Hour 2016 shows the support for climate action is stronger than ever.
Since 2007, WWF’s Earth Hour has inspired action among businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals all over the world to help create a better future.

In Paris in December 2015 world leaders reached a historic climate agreement. Earth Hour showed that the spirit of Paris and the desire to change climate change is stronger than ever.

A record 178 countries and territories turned off their lights on 19th March 2016 2016 at 8:30pm local time. Over 400 iconic landmarks all over the world dimmed their lights to celebrate Earth Hour, including the Eiffel Tower (Paris), European Institutions (Brussels), Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (London), Sydney Opera House (Sydney), the Tokyo Tower (Tokyo) and the Empire State Building (New York). 

WWF reached out to the European institutions and invited them to join Earth Hour. The European Commission, the European Council, the European Parliament, the Committee of the Regions and the External Action Service alMany answered showed their support.

Maroš Šefčovič, the Vice-President of the European Commission:
Many people have pledged to take climate action and 1.23 million individual actions were taken including on-the-ground activities and online actions. 

Earth Hour brought together people from all over the world, clearly showing support for climate action is stronger than ever.

A big thank you to everyone who supported Earth hour! Here is our post with key highlights

Support Earth Hour also next year! Join us on 25th March 2017!


  • Sarah Azau

    Communication & Media Officer

    WWF European Policy Office,

    +32 2 743 88 13