Earth Hour (www.earthhour.org) is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (www.panda.org) and partners to raise awareness on the effects of Climate Change on the planet. Held on the last Saturday of March annually, Earth Hour recognizes the power of individuals and corporate organisations to bring the change we want to see in the world and thus encourages households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.
The goal is to inspire people to reduce their energy consumption every day, not by sitting in the dark for an hour each night, but by taking simple steps that can have a dramatic effect. The purpose of the hour of darkness however, is to display a commitment to protect the one thing that unites us all – the planet.
Earth Hour was inspired by a demonstration in Sydney, Australia on March 31, 2007, when more than 2.2 million residents and more than 2,100 businesses switched off lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour to make a powerful statement about the leading contributor to global warming; coal-fired electricity. That single hour accounted for a 10.2 percent reduction in energy consumption across the city.
During the first anniversary of the event, Earth Hour 2008, all seven continents with 35 countries around the world participated as official flagship cities with over 400 cities supporting. Significant as it is, hundreds of millions of people around the world now join the Earth Hour trail every year.
Nine years on, Ghana has decided to be part of the global picture to raise awareness on the need to protect the one thing that unites us all- our planet from the numerous environmental and social challenges that stare at us and our globe today. Earth hour in Ghana will join Earth hour observations globally to bring to the fore the general environmental challenges that confront us as a nation. This we hope will provoke onward-thinking towards addressing local climate threats and assist communities to take action to implement practical measures that improve air quality, protect water supplies, ensure food security and reduce rural and urban flooding.
Nature & Development Foundation, NDF (www.ndfwestafrica.org), taking cognizance of the above mentioned motive of Earth hour will in the coming years incorporate a number of channels to reach the general public to sensitize them on simple steps of environmental consciousness and conservation.
We seek the indulgence of individuals and corporate institutions to take part in the event by putting off all their non-essential lights during the hour (8:30pm to 9:30pm) to contribute to this global awareness creation.
Ghana will start Earth Hour 2015 with only the observation of the light-out as an event. The 2015 global event is scheduled to come off on Saturday 28th March 2015.
Ghanaians are encouraged to observe the Event by switching off all non-essential lights during the hour as part of actions to inculcate the habit of conserving energy in homes and offices to save the earth’s fast-depleting resources and mitigate the effects of Climate Change.
Participants anywhere across the nation can take pictures of the differences in view before and during the hour on the night of 28th March, 2015 and send to us through the link below. These would be forwarded to the Earth Hour global Team to be downloaded on Ghana’s page on the international platform.
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