Earth Hour artwork promotes sustainable living

Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney, Australia and has gone from strength to strength each year. 2015 is set to be the biggest year yet with the World Wildlife Fund reporting that 7,000 cities, 1,200 landmarks and 172 countries and territories will go dark tonight between 8.30 and 9.30 p.m. local time.

Of course it’s not just about turning your lights out for an hour then carrying on as normal.

Sudhanshu Sarronwala, chair of Earth Hour global said: “Climate change is not just the issue of the hour, it’s the issue of our generation. The lights may go out for one hour, but the actions of millions throughout the year will inspire the solutions required to change climate change.”

But it’s a good start.

There’s a ton of stuff happening tonight with some of the world’s most famous landmarks pledging their support to the cause by going dark for Earth Hour, including the UN building and Times Square in New York, the Houses of Parliament in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Rio de Janeiro’s Rio Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer). More than 30 UNESCO World Heritage sites will also go dark, including the Acropolis in Athens, Edinburgh Castle and Germany’s Cologne Cathedral. In Las Vegas casinos and hotels on the Strip will turn off their exterior lights and marquees, leaving one of the most famous streets in the world in complete darkness.

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Before you turn your lights off, check out these awesome art works from a range of artists and designers for Do The Right Thing. Their brief was to take everyday objects and use them to promote a more sustainable way of life.

No Globe by Dorothy

“There’s something very serene about the picture perfect scenes and tiny worlds encased in traditional snow globes. On closer inspection the No Globe with its brightly lit village fed by the neighbouring coal-fired power station belching out carbon dioxide and pollutants presents an unsettling, almost apocalyptic view of this idyll. When you reach for that light switch remember… the future isn’t necessarily bright. ”

No Globe by Dorothy for Earth Hour 2015

Image credit: Do The Green Thing

Pencils To The End by Do The Green Thing

“We didn’t have to look far to find inspiration for our everyday item; we’d been writing potential ideas with it. A pencil is such a brilliantly simple and useful thing. It’s something that has stayed the same for hundreds of years and isn’t likely to become redundant anytime soon. But we realised that we’d been misusing them. Like so many items now, they are cheap and easy to produce. And this has lead to the bad habit of discarding them far too quickly, only to take a newer, longer one from the pack.

We designed Pencils To The End to give each pencil its individual worth and act as a small reminder that, just like a story, a pencil should reach it’s conclusion before it’s finished.”

Pencils To The End for Earth Hour 2015

Image credit: Do The Green Thing

Hawaiian Beach Lights by Sophie Thomas

“Kamilo Beach Point is one of the most Southern points of North America, difficult to get to and very close to the Pacific garbage patch. It has always been known as a place where things turn up. After a storm, fishermen would always go there to find uprooted trees to construct their fishing boats from. And now it is known as ‘trash beach’ because of all the rubbish that floats up and lands there.

When I went to Kamilo Beach Point last year I found all these mad things on the beach, from tiny plastic nurdles to big detergent bottles, from toothbrushes to umbrella handles to shoes — things that would look commonplace in your house, but which look completely out of place on a beach. I started to pick up blue plastic bottle necks, all with rough edges where they had been mistaken for food and nibbled by fish and birds. They reminded me of the fairy lights on my tree, so I turned them into these Hawaiian Beach Lights, complete with low voltage bulbs. Back at home where they began, and more beautiful as lights than rubbish at your beach party.

The red lights are companion pieces I made from American detergent bottles. Because they were red, I knew they would be downcycled so I decided to put them to better use. Fitted with low voltage bulbs, they give off the most beautiful red glow, turning their downcycling disadvantage into a beautiful reuse asset.”

Hawaiian Lights for Earth Hour 2015

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As Vulture Does by David Shrigley

“We should not waste food. We should take a leaf out of the vulture’s book; they never waste food.”

AS Vulture Does for Earth Hour 2015

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Bank Note by James Joyce

“The effect of overconsumption environmentally is significant. A lot of us own too much stuff and still we buy even more stuff. Apple have somehow convinced the world that they need a new £600 phone every year. The idea of the altered bank note was to somehow get the consumer to question their personal consumption whilst at the same time highlighting excessive consumption as a global obsession. The adjusted image of the queen to a brand-obsessed, selfie-taking, shopaholic hopefully raises the question in the mind of the viewer — do I really need all of this stuff?”

Bank Note by James Joyce for Earth Hour 2015

Image credit: Do The Green Thing

Crate Chair by Nous Vous

“Using the wood we had to hand, the paint lying around, we spent a Wednesday making a chair. A humble piece of furniture of and for the studio. By clearing the woodpile to make something new, we reused the resources we had to help us recline.”

Nous Vous Crate Chair for Earth Hour 2015

Image credit: Do The Green Thing

Join in and do your bit for the climate: turn off your lights tonight between 8.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m. Then take it a little further and give some thought to how you can live a more sustainable life.

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