Split Observes Earth Hour: Lights Out in Diocletian’s Palace Tonight!

Daniela Rogulj

On March 24th every year, citizens of the world shut off the lights to observe ‘Earth Hour’.

Many of you may be wondering what exactly Earth Hour is, why it’s so important, and what observing the day means for you and your family. Let us help.

Quite simply, Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia back in 2007, as a way to “discuss ideas for engaging Australians on the issue of climate change. From that day 11 years ago, Earth Hour has thus become the world’s most significant grassroots movement for the environment which sees millions of citizens around the world take part each year. 

On March 24th every year, citizens of the world symbolically switch off their non-essential lights for one hour as a call for more action on climate change. Last year’s Earth Hour movement saw a record 187 countries participate, and 7,000 cities, while this year expects at least 180 countries and millions of actions across the world. 


Earth Hour sets out to secure the future of our home, planet earth, and to spark new conversations on the loss of nature and the urgent need to protect it. Whether it’s pushing for environmentally friendly laws and policies to crowdfunding, Earth Hour is made wholly possible by its participants – and though it is coordinated by WWF and other volunteer organizations, the event’s greatest strength is the power of people, says the Earth Hour website

Croatia joined the Earth Hour action back in 2009, and Split, along with many other Croatian cities, will continue to take part in the action this year, reports Dalmatinski Portal on March 24, 2018. The city of Split has called on its citizens to turn off the lights in their homes at 20:30 this evening. Split will also symbolically switch off the lights on the south facade of Diocletian’s Palace, which will be extinguished tonight at 20:30 as well. The primary goal of the action is to awaken the inhabitants of the world that climate change is no joke, and being accountable for the resources spent is essential now than ever before. 

As a call to all of the citizens of Split, we invite you to join this action with us and switch off the lights in your home tonight at 20:30. Tell your friends, tell your favorite cafes, restaurants, and bars, and let’s make this Earth Hour the most powerful yet. 


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