- 29 Mar 2019 12:50 PM
As nature declines like never before, coupled with the ever-present challenge of climate change, Earth Hour 2019 will focus on raising awareness on why nature matters and inspiring global action on conserving nature.
From the Eiffel Tower to the Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building, thousands of landmarks will switch off their lights in solidarity for the planet, to raise the awareness about the importance of nature and encourage individuals, businesses and governments worldwide to be a part of the solutions needed to build a healthy, sustainable future – and planet – for all.
“On one hand we have the moral responsibility to live in harmony with nature, on the other, nature is vitally important to everyone’s daily lives; we depend on it for the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and so much more. But we are pushing the planet to the limit and nature is severely under threat,” said Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International.
“Earth Hour 2019 is a powerful opportunity to start an unstoppable movement for nature to help secure an international commitment to stop and reverse the loss of nature – a New Deal for Nature and People as comprehensive and ambitious as the global climate deal.”
This year is set to be another important moment for the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, with more than 150 countries and territories coming together to highlight and invite action on the environmental issues most relevant to them.
In the WWF Danube-Carpathian Region, Earth Hour is among the top annual activities that engage and mobilise people on climate change and energy issues at a personal level. Here, in the Green Heart of Europe, there is a very clear momentum of people taking responsibility for shaping a sustainable future where they can live in harmony with nature.
WWF-Hungary launched a four-week long challenge for the public with significant celebrity and media support.
Each week they gave sustainability ideas for a particular topic. The themes included sustainable diet, sustainable household, waste reduction and reduction of energy consumption. They asked people to choose the ones which they could fit into their lives, and then post a photo of it with the #földórája2019 hashtag.
Hundreds of people uploaded photos showing e.g. canvas bags used for shopping (instead of plastic bags), meals without meat, package-free shopping or biking instead of driving a car. Lumenet supported the challenge by offering 400 packages of LED bulbs for the people who participated in the challenge.
Source: Earth Hour Hungary