Earth Hour Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switches off their lights, and make noise for climate change action. This year Earth Hour is at 8:30pm on 25 March 2017.
Run by World Wildlife Fund WWF, the event is marked to highlight the need for action on climate change for the good of the world. The WWF partners with other volunteer organizations around the world to make the day a success.
In addition to action on climate change, Earth hour is about building a future where humans live in harmony with nature. Simple acts such as switching lights off when exiting a room and avoid wastage of water during our daily activities are essential in maintaining sustainability.
Governments and scientists have agreed that global warming must remain under 2°C to avoid catastrophic climate change. We must work together as it is a collective responsibility.
It is evident that climate change threatens our way of lives as seen through droughts, flooding, and extreme weather conditions. As a result water supplies are decreasing as crop yields decline and a population faces famine. The results are disastrous and so we must tackle this phenomenon together. We are living in a world with interlinked ecosystems. Our actions today will affect future generations and/or be felt in another part of the world.
— WWF Kenya (@WWF_Kenya) March 25, 2017
It matters because around the world the effects of climate change are being felt without discrimination. Rural folks and people in developing countries are bearing the harshest brunt of it. Not to mention our current ecosystems are under immediate threat either from human destruction, pollution or extinction of crucial species which leads to imbalance in the systems and that’s when things get more scary.
A social media campaign has been running where users of Facebook can change their profile picture to include an Earth Hour message. #EarthHourKE
In Kenya, the day will be celebrated at the Hub in Karen but you too can be part of it by switching of your lights and using a candle for one hour at 8:30pm.