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Mar 27, 2020

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#EarthHourDay 2020

Saturday 28 March 2020 marks the global event known as Earth Hour Day.

It was started by the WWF back in 2007 which blossomed globally following a single event held in Sydney, Australia. In their own words ‘Earth Hour is now one of the world’s largest grassroots movements for the environment. Held every year on the last Saturday of March, Earth Hour engages millions of people in more than 180 countries and territories, switching off their lights to show support for our planet. 

But Earth Hour goes far beyond the symbolic action of switching off – it has become a catalyst for positive environmental impact, driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the people and collective action.’

The key message behind Earth Hour Day is that nature matters – it is the planet’s life support system that provides us with vital services from the air we breathe to the water we drink and the food we eat. Nature can also be an effective combatant against climate change.

As part of SD Europe’s commitment to our new organisational principle of sustainability, we will be taking part in Earth Hour Day this year, and we encourage our members and friends of the network to join us. 

Taking part in Earth Hour Day and showing solidarity with people from across the world towards protecting nature and combating the climate crisis is very simple. All you need to do is switch off all non-essential lights for one hour on March 28th at 8.30pm your local time.

We encourage our members and friends of the network to take part and spread the word  by:

  • By using hashtag #EarthHour on social media
  • Sign the online petition to call for the urgent protection of nature: earthhour.org/voice 
  • Share the petition link with your followers and let them know you support it 

On taking part in Earth Hour Day, SD Europe CEO Antonia Hagemann said ‘We unreservedly agree with the value behind Earth Hour Day that nature matters. In spite the current situation all of Europe finds itself in, we firmly believe in the importance of taking part in Earth Hour Day. As we have said before, football is no exception to taking responsibility for its impact on the planet. 

As an organisation, we recently introduced sustainability as a key driving principle of our work alongside democracy, cooperation and solidarity. This isn’t new or ground breaking, this is merely something we should all recognise as vital to our collective future.

We really hope to see as many of our member supporters organisations and fan-owned clubs taking part in Earth Hour Day as possible.’

You can find out more about Earth Hour Day here.

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