Through the years, the annual Earth Hour has witnessed entire cities go dark to symbolize a commitment to reduce fossil fuel consumption and save the environment. This year, because of the pandemic, it will be done virtually. 

“This year – amidst the current global circumstances – we invite you to raise awareness and create the same unmissable sight online, so that the new world sees our planet, the issues we face and our place within it, in a new light,” the Earth Hour Organization said in a statement posted on its website. 

Traditionally, the lights-off hour is done on the streets, and an activity will take place afterwards. But this year, it will be done by sharing a video uploaded by the Earth Hour Organization on its social media pages on March 27. 

“Our goal is simple: put the spotlight on our planet and make it the most watched video in the world on March 27 (or beyond!) so that as many people as possible hear our message,” the organization said. 

Started by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007, Earth Hour is held every year on the last Saturday of March. J. V. Yap