Earth Hour 2016

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Be honest – are you doing your bit to help the environment? Whilst most of us truly endeavour to help as much as we can because we care, unfortunately, we’re often not doing enough. Life gets in the way, and it’s the same for all of us. However, without sounding melodramatic (admittedly, that’s kind of my thing…), the planet isn’t going to be able to sustain itself the way we are treating it for much longer. It’s actually scary how much energy we waste and how much of the earth’s resources we’re depleting, and it’s all going to catch up with us if we don’t act now. Eek!

Have you heard of Earth Hour? It’s an annual way for people to take action around the world and protect the planet, hopefully sparking change on a more long-term front, too. The great thing is that students can get involved, as it’s free, easy and super-effective.

The actual ‘hour’ itself takes place between 8.30 and 9.30pm on Saturday, March 19th. We guess this will tie in perfectly with some weekend drinks in your Liberty Living flat, so why not get everyone to send out a tweet marking the occasion, drawing attention to the cause? Whilst you can’t have candles in your accommodation, you can keep your light use to a minimum, and make sure to switch them all off before going out. Simple.

This Earth Hour people are being asked to ‘shine a light’ using their ‘social power’ – that’s using social media to make a point. All you have to do is literally hashtag using #EarthHour or #ChangeClimateChange and that’s it, you’re done, and free to enjoy your weekend. Around the world there will be concerts, candlelit dinners, and blackouts at major landmarks, so you’ll be part of a much bigger picture.

Of course, such small actions might not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, but the more people who get involved, the bigger the change that can be made. You’ll just be tweeting, but if you can get Earth Hour trending, think of all the people you’ll inspire. The people who’ll think twice that night about leaving the lights on, or the TV on standby.

It doesn’t just stop there. There are loads of other ways you can protect the planet, and the UK is being asked specifically to consider our food intake. Is the food you’re eating good for the planet? Obviously, as a student there’s only so far you can go on a budget on the conscientious front, but it honestly can be done. I know… it’s tough. I’m a huge red meat eater, but we’ve all got to do our bit!

On day-to-day basis, there are loads of things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, and the Carbon Trust and loads of other sites can give you tips. Everything from not leaving your phone charger plugged in to walking instead of driving can spark small change.

Remember, it’s not just your responsibility, but it is a shared one. If not us, then who?

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