The time is coming for us to announce our #EarthHourHeroes competition winners for 2017. Check out our 17 amazing shortlisted heroes and find out how they’ve helped to protect our planet

Earth Hour Heroes shortlisted
Snow leopards are shy, elusive cats known for their solitary nature. But one at least has been caught on camera, being loud and proud!
Snow leopards can't actually roar, the noise they make is called a 'chuff'. #FridayFact
The countdown has begun… How will you be spending your #EarthHourUK?
Take a look at our top 7 ways to celebrate for some inspiration on how to make your Earth Hour matter.
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Fascinating discovery! NASA have spotted seven Earth-size planets, some or all of which could harbour water and possibly life! Isn’t our universe amazing?

Star's seven Earth-sized worlds set record - BBC News
Fancy stargazing for #EarthHourUK? Here are 20 of the best places to stargaze in the UK
Photograph: Alamy via The Guardian

20 of the best places to stargaze in the UK
Which events of 2016 have inspired you to want action on climate change?
Share your answer with a reaction!
To join millions of others in support of climate action – take part in #EarthHourUK:
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Fantastic news. Blue Planet is set to return later this year, presented by Sir David Attenborough! Are you as excited as we are?!

Sir David Attenborough to present Blue Planet sequel - BBC News
Have you heard? 'Lost continent' found underneath New Zealand. This drowned landmass, called “Zealandia” by researchers, lies east of Australia and covers some 1.9 million square miles - an area larger than the Indian subcontinent. The landmass is 94 percent underwater, with just the islands of New Zealand and New Caledonia poking out above sea level.

‘Lost Continent’ Hidden Underneath New Zealand?
“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.” Claude Monet
Share if you agree that nature is inspirational! #EarthHourUK [ Link ]
Stunning new footage of a snow leopard and her cubs!

This incredible species is rarely seen, and one of the most at risk from the impacts of climate change. Hands up if you agree that we need urgent action on climate change.

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Today is Pangolin Day. Did you know that pangolins are the only mammals in the world covered in scales? Unfortunately, these cool spikes have led pangolins to become the most trafficked mammal in the world. Discover what WWF is doing to help them: [ Link ]
Who says all cats hate water?
Did you know that tigers are excellent swimmers and appear to love water. Bengal tigers have even been known to swim between islands in the Sunderbans! #FridayFact
Positive news on Friday morning. Supermarkets stores decide to use discarded sugar from split bags to help feed bees.
Discarded sugar, no longer fit for human consumption, is being collected to help stricken bees in Britain struggling to get enough nectar to feed themselves.

Tesco's plan bee: spilt supermarket sugar to help feed hungry honey bees
Looking for some inspiration this half term?
Why not get creative and make a lantern out of recycled materials using one of our simple templates.
Which will you choose, elephant, polar bear, or willow lantern?
We’d love to see your creations, so send us your photos using #EarthHourUK

Make lanterns recycled materials for Earth Hour
Human activity is changing Earth's climate 170 times faster than natural forces, according to scientists.

Humans are changing Earth's climate '170 times faster than nature'
We're not alone! 80% of British adults are concerned by the harm climate change can cause to wildlife and nature, a new survey has found.

There's never been a better time to ask for action on climate change. Here's how you can make your Earth Hour matter...

Earth Hour - it's time for climate action
Alarming news to wake up to.
'Sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest annual extent on record after years of resisting a trend of man-made global warming.'

Antarctic sea ice shrinks to smallest ever extent
Animals that will make you go ‘aw’ this Valentine’s.
Some of nature’s most adorable moments

Animals that will make you go ‘aw’ this Valentine’s
We can tackle the climate crisis if enough of us show the love for the things we stand to lose. This Valentine’s Day, you can help that love be felt by the people who can make a world of difference. #ShowTheLove

25 Things You Can Do to #ShowTheLove for Our Planet This Valentine’s Day
Happy Valentine's Day! Who is your special one today?