Now is the time to give back to the planet. If you live in Charlotte we encourage you to share your support.

There is something called Earth Hour, and if you don’t know about it, I’m about to reveal it to you. On Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. residents of the world are encouraged to turn off their lights for one hour. Earth Hour is one of the largest global grassroots movements for the environment. As a result of the event, millions around the world will be able to demonstrate their commitment to action on biodiversity loss and climate change.

How did Earth Hour Start?

Earth Hour began in 2007 as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney to raise awareness of climate change and has now grown into one of the world’s largest grassroots environmental movements. Earth Hour engages supporters in more than 190 countries and territories, all taking action to ensure a brighter future for people and the planet.

Why It Matters

According to Global News Wire, Earth Hour takes place at an especially crucial moment this year. Later this year world leaders will gather for the second part of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity COP15. They will meet and decide on a new global action plan for nature. This makes 2022 a once-in-a-decade opportunity to create a biodiversity framework that halts and reverses nature loss for generations to come. I will be participating in Earth Hour this year by shutting off all our house lights at 8:30 pm this Saturday.

GALLERY: List of Animals Native to North Carolina

As found by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Make A Postive Impact On Fashion with These Tips for a Greener Wardrobe

  • Adjust your spending habits!

    Invest in everyday pieces such as jeans instead of buying an outfit you’ll only wear once for special occasions. In order to be more eco-friendly, we should buy one pair of high-quality jeans that will last, since one pair of jeans uses 7,000 liters of water and creates 950 grams of waste.

  • Get thrifty my friend!

    Making your shopping habits more sustainable and fun by shopping vintage is an excellent idea! You can also shop the resale market through platforms such as Depop or eBay if browsing vintage stores aren’t your thing.

  • Mend and make do!

    If you have clothing that no longer fits or requires repairs, consider if it can be altered or repaired. You could take the challenge on yourself or hire professionals to do the work for you. If your clothing no longer fits your style, can it be altered and upcycled to update it? Or could it even be completely transformed into a new garment?

  • Do your research!

    Check the sustainability policies of your favorite brands before updating your wardrobe. Being informed before you hit the shops will make sustainable shopping a lot easier since many brands are opting for sustainable methods, fabrics, and materials.

  • Look after the clothes you already own.

    Looking after your clothes means they’re likely to last longer. From hanging up garments properly to washing jeans inside out little steps will reduce the need to replace items – so before you pile everything into the laundry in one go, take time to read the labels!

Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige