28 Mar 2015
This year’s Earth Hour is set to be a record-breaking celebration of our planet with an unprecedented 172 countries and territories having confirmed their participation.
The UN says this includes nations on the climate frontlines like the Philippines, Maldives and Madagascar, as well as key climate actors such as Brazil, the United States and China.
On Saturday, 28 March at 8:30 pm Eastern Standard Time, individuals, businesses, cities and landmarks around the world are being called to switch off their lights for one hour to focus on climate change.
Cathrine Hasselberg reports.
Earth Hour was conceived by the World Wildlife Foundation as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, and has evolved into a global environmental movement to raise awareness about climate change.
The power of the Earth Hour movement has reportedly led to changes in marine policies in Russia and the planting of forests in Uganda.
According to recent studies, 2014 was the hottest year on record.
In a message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Earth Hour shows what is possible when different groups unite in action.
“This Saturday, 28 March, at 8.30 pm the UN will switch off lights in support of Earth Hour. We do this each year to call attention to the need for climate change now and the brighter future that lies ahead if we act together. Climate change is a people problem. People cause climate change and people suffer from climate change. People can also solve climate change.”
The UN’s Earth Hour participation comes as the intergovernmental organization prepares to adopt a new sustainable development agenda, at a conference in Paris this December.
The objective of the Climate Change Conference is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.
Cathrine Hasselberg United Nations