Saturday 25 March | 8.30 pm

EARTH HOUR

Everyone is welcome to join us at the shrine of St Thomas Cantilupe for prayers as we take this time to reflect on our world and the crisis it faces. The cathedral community will set aside one hour to lower energy use inside the building and reflect on our stewardship of the planet and on our place within it.

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature [WWF]. This event has been held annually since 2007 and last year more than 19 million people took some part. The Hour begins in Samoa and ends in Tahiti and has grown to include 192 countries and territories. The Earth Hour encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential electricity for ONE hour. The idea is to raise awareness of climate change and to demonstrate that we care about the planet.

Can we make a difference? The answer is YES. In 2010 after the COP 15 Climate Conference, Earth Hour became the global focal point pressing for a sustainable future. In 2012, Uganda established the first Earth Hour forest to reduce flooding and provide habitat for the vast biodiversity of the Sub-Saharan African continent, while Argentina established a large area of marine protection. During lock-down, Earth Hour went digital and worked for climate justice. If we all do a little, we can raise awareness about the climate crisis affecting our planet. 

The Dean and Chapter have agreed that Hereford Cathedral will participate again this year and our floodlighting and other non-essential lighting will be switched off for one hour. Inside the Cathedral there will be a candlelit meditation and prayer for the planet, all are welcome to join.