Earth Hour Sees Decline In Participation In BC

"If we look at Earth Hour from a climate change perspective, it does seem to lack the gravity here in BC".

"Biodiversity and nature is the foundation of life, essential to our wellbeing". So is the Empire State Building and Sydney Opera House.

Besides Islamabad, Quetta, Peshawar, Nathiagali, Gilgit, and Sukkur, the Earth Hour will also be marked at WWF-Pakistan's Bahawalpur and Khanewal office as well as Faisalabad in Punjab.

National capital city, Delhi will join a billion people across the globe to observe Earth Hour on March 24.

With global temperatures the highest on record, Mr. O'Gorman said this year's theme was the impact of climate change on biodiversity and plant and animal species.

Members of the public are encouraged to turn off unnecessary lights for one hour to "get connected to Earth", said Liu Yue-mei (劉月梅), chairwoman of the Society of Wilderness (SOW), which coordinates the events islandwide each year. In fact, in connecting to Earth, we connect to ourselves, we connect with our humanity.

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Speaking before the switch-off, Laila Mostafa Abdullatif, director-general of EWS-WWF said this year's Earth Hour was especially important due to it coinciding with the Year of Sheikh Zayed. In Colombia, people will call for the country to commit to zero deforestation by 2020.

And in Singapore, where the average person goes through 13 plastic bags each day, WWF plans a plastic-free festival to raise awareness on waste.

The annual Earth Hour observance started in Australia with a symbolic switch-off event led by the World Wide Fund in 2007.

Bangor University will be supporting "Earth Hour" this Saturday, 24 March 2018, by switching off the floodlighting on its iconic Main University Building for one hour, and encouraging staff and students to join in by taking what action they can. Visitwww.earthhour.org to know more and read individuals stories about what they are doing for our planet.

The 2018 Earth Hour will be held under the slogan Vote for Nature. Since then the movement has gained momentum and now includes more than 7,000 towns and cities worldwide.

  • Sonia Alvarado