Darkness is the Spark of Light for Climate Change

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Earth Hour 2016 by Gregg_Yan (2)

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Press Update:

Earth Hour, organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), rolled across the world last 19 March as millions came together to shine a light on the climate action our planet needs. The 10th edition of the movement’s signature switch-off saw individuals, communities, organizations and landmarks in an unprecedented 178 countries and territories switch off in solidarity with global efforts to change climate change.

Taking place months after the historic climate summit in Paris, Earth Hour 2016 was celebrated across seven continents, aboard the International Space Station and served as a strong visual reminder of the globe’s determination to tackle our planet’s biggest environmental challenge yet. As more than 400 iconic landmarks dimmed their lights, a collective hope that our actions today can create promise for the planet and future generations shined through.

“The past 24 hours have shown us yet again the impact we can achieve when we unite for a cause,” says Earth Hour Executive Director Siddarth Das. “Every light switch turned off represents a call to switch on our collective power and be the first line of defence for our planet as we form the frontlines of climate change.”



Another Dark Hour for WWF on March 19

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SAM_0868The earth will plunge into darkness on March 19 as WWF encourages all to switch off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 PM for the annual  celebration of Earth Hour. Earth Hour 2016  program was announced  last March 1 at a kick-off at the Raffles and Fairmont Hotel in MakaSAM_0851ti  led by its National Ambassadors Marc Nelson, Rovilson Fernandez and Iza Calzado, plus Earth Hour Steward Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworksi.   Earth Hour, which began as a single-city event in 2007, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2016.

SAM_0812Earth Hour Philippines’ main switch-off event shall be held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on March 19, Saturday night. “It shall be a showcase of climate solutions,” explains Earth Hour Philippines Director Atty. Gia Ibay. “Stationary bikes will partially power this year’s event to show that united, Pinoys can light up this country with their collective energy. Together, anything is possible.”

SAM_0831Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off lights for 60 minutes to deliver a powerful message about the need for decisive climate change solutions. In the past decade, the movement has grown from a symbolic switch-off event in Sydney, Australia to the world’s largest open-sourced environmental campaign mobilising hundreds of millions of people in over 7000 cities and 172 countries.