Earth Hour Day was observed all over the world today, Saturday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m. The day holds great significance as it calls for actions on various roles and ways that people can act on to raise awareness about the importance of nature.
With Covid-19 safety regulations continuing in several parts of the world, many countries will be celebrating Earth Hour online, mobilising millions of people from across the globe to speak up for nature.
As the lights dim in homes and cities, Earth Hour will bring people together to put a virtual spotlight on our planet and the role people can play in global efforts for nature.
Earth Hour History:
Started as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007 by WWF and partners, Earth Hour is now one of the world’s biggest environmental grassroots movements. Earth Hour, held annually on the last Saturday of March, involves millions of people in over 180 countries and territories turning off their lights to express respect for our world. Every year since 2007, millions of people take part in a global event to raise awareness about climate change.
What is Earth Hour:
Earth Hour is a global movement started by the World Wide Fund for Nature or the WWF in March 2007. It is one of the most important environmental conservation events of the year.
During the Earth Hour, nearly 2.2 million people turn off their lights as a sign of solidarity, globally. This hour showcases the need to take action on the pressing issue of global climate change. Earth Hour promotes awareness about environmental issues on a public platform.
The lights of Prime minister house were also shutdown on this occasion.
'Make Peace With Nature’ – UN Chief
The world began to ripple to darkness on Saturday as countries globally dimmed their lights at 8:30 pm local time for Earth Hour – an event that, according to the UN, encourages individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights, for one hour.
In his message to mark the event, Secretary-General António Guterres said that “we must all do our part to safeguard the planet”.
“We need to make peace with nature. Without nature’s help, we cannot thrive or even survive on this planet Earth”, he spelled out.
Warning that climate disruption, biodiversity loss and pollution “threaten lives, jobs and health”, the UN chief called 2021 “a year to change course”.
“It’s time to re-evaluate and reset our relationship with nature”, he said.Building together
The Secretary-General upheld that solutions are “available, affordable, practical and realistic”.
“We can provide renewable energy and sustainable food systems for all. We can reduce emissions and use nature-based solutions to help us build a more resilient, carbon-neutral.