There’s a lot going on in the world right now, so it was easy to forget that Earth Hour was actually last night.
This year marks the 14th iteration of the event, which started in Sydney but has since become a worldwide phenomenon. It saw landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Colosseum and Petronas Twin Towers go dark from 8:30 PM.
But because of the coronavirus pandemic and self-isolation measures, this year’s event took the form of a livestream hosted by Patrick Abboud.
Over 20,000 people tuned in to WWF-Australia’s YouTube channel to watch performances by a bunch of Aussie musos including Cody Simpson, Montaigne, Jack River, Polish Club, Bobby Alu, Ella Haber, Dulcie and Alice Skye.
Because of social distancing measures, all of the artists livestreamed from their candle-lit bedrooms in what was perhaps the cosiest Earth Hour to date. Comedians Akmal, Georgie Carroll and The Stevenson Experience also performed during the livestream.
“Staying connected as a community and looking for positive ways we can contribute is more important than ever as the world responds to the coronavirus crisis,” said WWF-Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman.
“The act of switching off our lights for Earth Hour has always been a show of solidarity for stronger action on climate and a chance for millions of people worldwide to collectively raise their voice for nature.”
He added that while most Aussies would be spending the night at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, Earth Hour was still an opportunity to “connect to a community of supporters around Australia and be part of a positive moment for the planet.”
You can catch he entire livestream below.
Image: YouTube / WWF-Australia