Did you know that 1 in 3 Australians took part in Earth Hour in 2022?

This Earth Hour, we’re calling on all Australians to sign up to switch off and join a worldwide community of millions taking #TimeOutForNature.

We need to take time out for our planet. Our environment continues to degrade at an alarming pace. Eastern Australia is among the 24 global deforestation fronts, and we are the only developed nation on this list.

An estimated 200,000 trees are bulldozed in Australia every day. That’s 8,000 trees every hour.

Trees are the lungs of our planet, and we need them to help reverse the impacts of climate change. Now is the time to press Pause and work together to protect nature and restore what we have lost.

So make the time – whether it’s 60 seconds, 60 minutes or beyond the hour – to reflect on the incredible benefits nature provides us and create a better future for people and our planet. Together, let’s take #TimeOutForNature this Earth Hour.

Girl lighting a candle at the Candle Installation by Jorge Pujol on the lawns of Australian Parliament House in Canberra, 29 March 2014.  The main focus of Australia's 2014 Earth Hour campaign was the impact that climate change is having on the Great Barrier Reef.

How can schools get involved?

Earth Hour Schools Day is the day before Earth Hour. Sign up to participate in Earth Hour as a school here. Download the Earth Hour Info Bundle For Schools to participate. Educators can download the Earth Hour resources below to teach meaningful lessons in the lead-up to Earth Hour. 

Don’t forget to register your school here.

Check out more than 60 FREE education resources and find lessons relevant to your year level.

Professional Development: Investigate How Animals are Impacted by their Environment

This course will help inspire your students to feel optimistic about their future by investigating how animals adapt to climate change. You’ll discover how to teach curriculum-aligned lessons using WWF-Australia’s Earth Hour. You’ll build your confidence to teach about climate change in geography and science by learning:

  • How others teach about climate change in their curriculum.
  • How to explore climate change by focusing on animals.
  • The basics of climate science such as weather, global warming and climate change.
  • How to teach about climate change and care for students’ mental health.
  • Where to find teaching resources and lesson plans.

Head to the course and get started today!


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Thanks to our partner

These lesson has been created in partnership with WWF-Australia. Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action. Thousands of teachers use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.



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