Earth Hour 2019
Taking place on the 30th March 2019, between 8:30-9:30pm, Earth Hour brings together millions of people around the World to turn off lights and share the idea that nature really does matter. Nature contributes to our wellbeing both directly and indirectly. The Earth produces the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink, furthermore, the Earth Hour website says that nature produces approximately £96 trillion worth of materials and services to our economies.
When nature thrives, we do.
So it begs the question, why are we ruining it?
Natural resource depletion is becoming an increasingly big issue for the planet. Obviously, the World’s resources are finite. The issue with this is that mankind uses natural resources like they are infinite. The clearest evidence of this lies in ‘Earth Overshoot Day’, which is the day of the year where we use more natural resources than the Planet is able to regenerate in the whole year. In 2018, Earth Overshoot Day fell on the 1st August, four months early than it should be, and the earliest day to date.
At present, there are many man-made environmental issues that are plaguing the planet. Many of them are linked, such as pollution and climate change. 97% of climate scientists claim that climate-warming trends over the past 100 years are extremely likely to be caused by humans, and not just part of a natural climate change cycle (NASA). Fossil fuels have often been the blame for global warming, with coal and oil fueling our industry, society, and global economy.
Deforestation is another environmental issue that is affecting the Planet. As covered in a previous article, it is rumoured that over 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually, equating to approximately 35,500 hectares every day, or roughly 65 acres a minute. By cutting down the Planet’s forests and rainforests, both humans and animals will be badly affected, in terms of loss of habitat, subsistence, and income. Furthermore, the loss of rainforests in South America actually influences local and international rain cycles
RWM has identified that it can play its part in helping the planet. As announced previously, RWM is planting a tree for every new exhibitor it receives, in partnership with Forest Carbon. This, by 2029, will allow RWM to be carbon neutral. With 6000 trees in approximately 10 acres of woodland, RWM Forest promises to help alleviate the pollution and carbon footprint of our event.
Tickets to attend RWM are free, so register yourself at the top of the page!