UN Observance Day – Earth Hour

“We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it”

(US President Barack Obama, 2014 UN Climate Summit)

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In recent times, words like those of President Obama have become commonplace around the world. This is why the UN observes Earth Hour Day this year on March 19th, 2016.

Earth Hour Day which is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in collaboration with the UN, has proven quite popular. Indeed, in 2015, 172 countries participated around the globe.

In past years, the campaign has had a large impact. Here are some inspiring examples:

  • In Greece, the citizens of the country fought to oppose the building of Ptolemaida V, a coal power plant that would have had a negative impact on the environment. Earth Hour is not just merely about highlighting the more than a billion people that lack electricity around the world, but the effect we have on it.

Following a successful COP21 this past December it is up to us to push the governments of our countries to follow through with the agreement. If not, we look to jeopardize our future here is in contention. A look at cities such as Beijing, where smog and haze are commonplace, speaks volumes. If we are to ensure humanity a future here on Earth, then it’s clear we need to take action now.

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You can participate too! Just turn off your lights for one hour on March 19th from 8:30 PM local time until 9:30 PM.

Spread the word on social media using the hashtag: #YourPower!

If you wish to learn more about this initiative please watch this short video at: https://youtu.be/wxhHhyjcTmo

For more information, please visit:

https://www.earthhour.org/earth-hour-blog, http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/events/earth-hour/

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