Every year, we commemorate Earth Hour, and this year, between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on March 26, 2022, we are asked to turn off all lights and go dark as a mark of our devotion to our world.

Earth Hour is a global grassroots initiative coordinated by WWF that brings people together to take action on environmental issues and protect the earth. Since then, it has grown to include millions of supporters in over 185 countries and territories, motivating individuals and organizations throughout the world to take environmental action and influencing key legislative changes. The one-hour lights out event has become a symbol of a greater dedication to nature and our planet as the movement grows.

Every Earth Hour for the past ten years, people all across the world have come together to support efforts to combat climate change. And, by working together, we've built a powerful movement that has resulted in significant worldwide commitments to combat this threat. Climate change continues to be a major concern for all of us.

The alarming loss of biodiversity and natural resources now needs our attention. Today, Earth Hour aims to ignite global debates about environmental protection, not only because nature is our most powerful ally in the fight against climate change, but also because it is vital to our own health, happiness, prosperity, and even existence.

The United Nations has declared climate change to be the defining issue of our time. It has far-reaching consequences for all of us. The Paris Agreement's targets for combating climate change were to keep the impact below a 2 degree Celsius rise. Intensive agriculture will absorb the entire global carbon budget required to keep global temperature rises below 2°C by 2050 unless we make significant adjustments to our eating habits.

While it may appear that factory farming and climate change are unrelated topics, factory farming contributes to climate change by contaminating landscapes and waterways and wasting valuable land resources. Eating less meat is one of the most effective ways we can minimize greenhouse gas emissions as individuals.

The first step everyone can take is to participate in Earth Hour by turning off their lights. But there's a whole lot more. People can take action beyond the hour, whether it's by donating to a local WWF project or participating in local Earth Hour activities. Transitioning to a more plant based diet can also support.

Take a step toward being the light in a world that is frequently dark on Earth Hour. If you're not already vegan or leaning toward a plant-forward lifestyle, MANNA can help you include more plant-based meals into your daily routine. With our tasty nutritious meals, you can easily make an effect; together, we can make a difference.

For more information on Earth Hour and how you can be the light of change, visit https://www.earthhour.org/