Today I wanted to talk about something that isn't necessarily to do with beauty or fashion, but something that matters to me. As a Zoologist, it is a given that I care about our planet and the organisms residing on it. When I graduate, I want to make it my job to protect little guys like the one in the picture above, and therefore work that organisations like the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) do is important to me. You probably all know that I am a sucker for fluffy animals (Logan, for example), so witnessing the decline in populations of animals I have loved since childhood saddens me to the point of almost-tears. Of course many factors influence an animal's survival, but one thing the WWF are working on is the fight for renewable energy to end climate change.
I understand that I have now reached a very controversial subject, and I must express that I am an educated person; I know that the earth undergoes glacials and interglacials and that global warming has occurred before and will occur again. Please don't lecture me on geology, I'm already reasonably adept in the subject.
I'm not a very 'green' person, and I understand natural selection well enough to know that many animals will evolve to overcome climate change, but what animals can't deal with is the rapid destruction of their habitats. I'm sure I don't need to tell you the damage that comes with destroying forests and other such habitats, so I'll skip over the lengthy subject and get to the point of this post.
At 8:30PM on March 23, WWF are asking people to switch off their lights for just one hour to bring to light the use of fossil fuels like wood, coal and oil. I'm asking my readers to do the same, just for one hour, to show support for the cause. I know a lot of you won't, and I don't judge you for that, but even if supporting the WWF isn't your thing, think of what an amazing sight it would be to see everyone turn their lights off for one hour.
For more information on WWF's Earth Hour, head over to earthhour.org and see the things they have achieved from one hour of lights-out.