Earth Hour, organised by the World Wildlife Fund-Australia, is this Saturday, 24 March and hopes to switch off the electricity usage and shine a light on the environmental effects we have on the planet.

Celebrated in 170 countries and 7,000 cities the event has about 6 million Australians participate. In Australia, this year’s event will shine a light on the loss of biodiversity in the country due to climate change.

WWF-Australia Climate and Earth Hour Engagement Manager, Kerri Major says, “One of the key impacts of climate change is biodiversity loss, and biodiversity loss worsens climate change.

“As every action we take today will have an impact, we hope that through emphasising the importance of biodiversity and its relationship with climate change, we can save these beautiful creatures which form part of Australia’s identity,” said Ms Major.

This Saturday, Australians will be asked to turn off their lights between 8.30 - 9.30pm local time as a symbol of support to protect the planet for future generations. Australians are also encouraged to connect to earth (#connect2earth) by switching off during Earth Hour and reconnecting with Australia’s natural environment and joining the global conversation on climate change.

Launched in 2007, Earth Hour has become the world’s biggest grassroots environmental movement where landmarks and communities switch off their lights to show support for a brighter future for the planet.

Australians and communities across the country can register and provide information about their own Earth Hour events or search for events near you here.

Support Earth Hour this Saturday, 24 March from 8.30 - 9.30pm by switching your lights off!

Find out more at Earth Hour or follow #connect2earth.