Earth hour is a påverkanskampanj that aims to influence our decision-makers to take the courageous and wise decisions we need to take to reach nollutsläppet 2045, " says Cecilia Stenström, WWF's project manager for Earth hour.
Since 2007, millions of people around the world switched off lights for one hour to symbolically draw attention to climate change. Sweden jumped on the trend in 2008.
of the WWF. It is, according to the organization itself the world's largest klimatmanifestation.
During last year's Earth hour and put a billion people in 188 countries light for the climate, according to the WWF, and 18,000 ikonbyggnader. Among other things, the Sydney Opera house, the pyramids of Egypt and Jesus-statue in Rio down in an hour. In Stockholm was the royal castles down.
In Sweden, the figure was 3.5 million people and even organizations such as the Swedish church and the Scouts were with. In addition, 259 of the country's 290 municipalities, which corresponds to 89 per cent and a new record. But the 31 Swedish municipalities participated in the symbolic manifestation of the last year.
a big impact on what tools they provide to the citizens in order to be able to be more planetvänliga or live a more sustainable life. As ordinary people we can do a lot on your own, but some things can't we. The public bit must our politicians and municipalities to help us with.
in Addition to switching off the organized activities. Sweden introduced free bus throughout the day, other municipalities arranged the school in climate smart food.
Also this year, thousands of cities throughout the world to join and Sweden can beat last year's record of 259 municipalities.
" What we are seeing is an increase in the number of municipalities, which arranges more than just a day. You have an Earth hour week or Earth hour weekend. It is fun, " says Cecilia Stenström.
have participated in the campaign since 2009 and are doing so even this year, according to Kristianstadsbladet.
Only eight of The municipalities have indicated that they will pay attention to Earth hour, write the Västgöta Bladet. The reason is limited resources.
– 30 municipalities of Sweden's 290, I think, is a pretty small part and where you have to be understanding that some municipalities do not have the resources. Or they may have chosen not to invest their time in another environment or klimatengagemang. I think that 89% is a fantastic turnout, " says Cecilia Stenström.
However, the actual electricity consumption decreases is not significantly affected during Earth hour, according to the electricity company Eon.
" ten years ago, you could see a clear impact of Earth hour. But with the shift to LED and low energy light bulbs plus everything else that is constantly chewing in the background: so, as broadband, network and water heaters, makes you no longer see such a big difference, " says Ivan Loftrup-Ericson, press officer at Eon to Kristianstadsbladet.
we also over to daylight saving time. Energy saving has been a recurring argument for introducing daylight saving time, both in Sweden and other countries. The amount of savings the daylight savings time causes varies between countries, depending on climate and latitude. It shows a mapping state Treasury in the autumn, made of tidsomställningens effects in Sweden.
A study of the Swedish and Norwegian electricity market during the years 2003 to 2009 indicates that Swedish households by 1 per cent less electricity, the equivalent of 175 Mwh per year, as a result of daylight savings time.
”In the 2009 electricity prices corresponded to approximately sek 300 million. But it is unknown if other categories elandvändare also saves electricity by the conversion to daylight saving time, for example, industry and public administration.”
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